WHEREAS, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as the principal founder of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s, led the battle against racism recognizing that all people are entitled to dignity, equality, due process, and all constitutional freedoms that were so carefully crafted by the founding fathers of our country; and
WHEREAS, through the utilization of civil disobedience, Dr. King caused this country to examine laws and practices that were discriminatory to a large number of our citizens; and
WHEREAS, although the practice of civil disobedience resulted in his being jailed, Dr. King continued to foster change through nonviolent means, brotherly love, and the Golden Rule of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”; and
WHEREAS, Dr. King fought hard against injustice and for a new birth of freedom; and
WHEREAS, although an assassin’s bullet ended his life in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968, his legacy and his teaching live on; and
WHEREAS, the civil rights legislation that was enacted by the United States Congress within a few months after Dr. King’s death is evidence to all of us that his efforts were not in vain,
NOW THEREFORE,BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE EIGHTY-SECOND GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS:
That the House takes this opportunity to pause in its deliberations to acknowledge the work, struggles, and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.