The Chelsea City Council unanimously adopted a Resolution introduced by Council President Leo Robinson honoring the life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and proclaiming Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 as the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the City of Chelsea.
The Resolution follows:
WHEREAS, the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a leader of great courage and skill who became known as a drum major of the American Civil Rights Movement to enfranchise black citizens; and
WHEREAS, Dr. King’s life was tragically cut short by an assassin’s bullet in April of 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee while he was there to champion the cause of underprivileged workers; and
WHEREAS, due to the efforts of many dedicated people who believe Dr. King deserves national recognition, the third Monday in January is nationally recognized as a day to remember Dr. King, his legacy, and the causes for which he so gallantly fought and died; and
WHEREAS, Massachusetts had the privilege of Dr. King’s presence when he lived and studied in Boston at Boston University School of Divinity, receiving his PhD, in 1953; and
WHEREAS, Dr. King’s life will always shine as a light for those without hope and as an example to be emulated by all who care about their fellow human beings, regardless of race, religion, class or nationality; and
WHEREAS, the keynote speaker for the Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast is the Reverend Dr. Gloria White-Hammond, retired physician, and the City Council thanks CHS REACH, Chelsea Public Schools, Chelsea Black Community, and the People’s A.M.E. Church for their contribution to the MLK Breakfast; now therefore be it
RESOLVED, that the Chelsea City Council hereby recognizes January 16, 2017 as Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the City of Chelsea and ask all citizens to reflect upon the significance of this extraordinary man’s life.