Governor Scott Issues Proclamation for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott issued the following proclamation recognizing today, January 19, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:


WHEREAS, to honor the legacy of one of America’s most admired civil rights leaders, in 1983 Congress passed a bill providing for the third Monday of January to be observed as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and President Ronald Reagan signed the bill into law; and

WHEREAS, Dr. King held peaceful assemblies, gave passionate speeches, and attended non-violent protests to advocate his vision of a nation built on a foundation of equality for all; and

WHEREAS, one of the civil rights movement’s high profile events was the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963, where Dr. King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech; and

WHEREAS, Florida honors innovators like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his dream for racial equality in the state’s 2015 Black History Month theme of “A Celebration of African-American Innovation and Innovators”; and

WHEREAS, Dr. King’s work inspired hope and justice in the hearts of innovative men and women in the Sunshine State, across the nation, and around the world; and

WHEREAS, as our state and nation observe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the many contributions that Dr. King made to the civil rights movement are honored and the cause of justice and equality for all people is celebrated;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Scott, Governor of the State of Florida, do hereby extend greetings and best wishes to all observing January 19, 2015, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Florida to be affixed at Tallahassee, the Capital, this 16th day of January, in the year two thousand fifteen.



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