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Council Chair Glaros Honors Dr. King's Legacy

Council Chair Glaros Honors Dr. King's Legacy

Council Passes Resolution Addressing Disparities; Encouraging Ongoing Dialogue

 By Dannielle Glaros, Prince George's County Council Chair

Dannielle Glaros

Dannielle Glaros

50 years ago, on April 4th, our nation lost its most influential and celebrated civil rights leader, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This tragedy left an indelible mark on our country, and events honoring Dr. King’s legacy and commemorating the 50th anniversary of his assassination are planned across America.

Martin Luther King, Jr. appears in Grant Park in Chicago in 1966. His wife Coretta Scott King is at left. / Photo Credit: Bernard Kleina

Martin Luther King, Jr. appears in Grant Park in Chicago in 1966. His wife Coretta Scott King is at left. / Photo Credit: Bernard Kleina

On the night before his untimely death, Dr. King delivered his last public address, popularly known as “The Mountaintop” speech, in support of striking sanitation workers protesting racial injustice, low wages, and poor working conditions. Remembering his fateful words, Dr. King also touched on his own mortality – “We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now.  Because I’ve been to the mountaintop…I’ve seen the Promised Land.”

Dr. King’s legacy, principles and values offer each of us, a unique opportunity to be champions for change, including our young people who rally for stricter gun control laws; the brave men and women of the #METOO Movement; the peaceful protesters against violence; those fighting for our nation’s immigrants, and defenders of progressive civil and equal rights legislative agendas.

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50 years ago, today, Dr. King said, “Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination.  And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge, to make America what it ought to be.  We have an opportunity to make America a better nation.”  These words still resonate today, offering a strong call to action to fully realize Dr. King’s dream and his legacy. 

During session on Tuesday, the Prince George’s County Council unanimously approved CR-22-2018, a resolution addressing disparities and reaffirming the Council’s commitment to ongoing dialogue.  We will continue to foster inclusiveness and understanding, especially during this challenging time in American history.

The Council remains dedicated to equality, as we celebrate the rich diversity in our communities, and in keeping with Dr. King’s message of peace and love, we encourage County residents to connect and engage as the fight for equity, education, justice and nonviolence endures.

Source: Prince George's County Council

 

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