Rep. John Lewis Resolution to Commemorate Dr. King’s 90th Birthday
Had Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. still been alive today, he may still be a resident of the 5th Congressional District of Georgia, the place where he was born and where he and his family lived for many years. Despite his death over 51 years ago, his contributions form a powerful historic legacy that will enrich Atlanta history and culture for centuries to come.
In honor of the 90th year of Dr. King’s birth, Rep. John Lewis introduced the following resolution (House Resolution 71) to encourage a national observance of the King anniversary. Some of the language of the resolution reads:
“Whereas Dr. King awakened the conscience and consciousness of the United States and used his message of hope to bring people together to build the ‘‘Beloved Community’’, a community of justice, at peace with itself;….
“Whereas the work to realize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of the Beloved Community continues to this day:
“Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives—
(1) observes the 90th birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.;
(2) pledges to advance the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; and
(3) encourages the people of the United States to—
(A) observe the 90th birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the life of Dr. King;
(B) commemorate the legacy of Dr. King, so that, as Dr. King hoped, ‘‘one day this Nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal’ ’’; and
(C) remember the message of Dr. King and rededicate themselves to Dr. King’s goal of a free and just United States.”