From: Chairman James M. Evans To: Ric Cantrell, Subject: Celebrating the Life of Martin Luther King Jr. Date: Mon Jan 16 15:23:46 MST 2017 Body:
Celebrating the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. During the course of his short life, King was devoted to bridging the gaps that divided America, fighting injustice, and shedding light on inequality. He was but one man, but he, with the help of many, changed our world for the better.
On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech to over 250,000 people on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. This speech comes only second in terms of notoriety to President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg address in 1863 and launched a world wide movement for racial equality.
The following year marked the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This act prohibits racial discrimination in employment and education and outlaws racial segregation in public facilities. Later that year, Martin Luther King, Jr., was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent resistance to racial prejudice in America.
May we continue to honor and remember the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., and may his leadership, strength, and public service be an example today and always.