SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a proclamation declaring January 15, 2015, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the State of California. This day is officially observed this year on Monday, January 19.
The text of the proclamation is below:
“We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Montgomery, Alabama, March 25, 1965
Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream, a dream we can still see vividly when we revisit the most famous of his many timeless speeches. His vision of a world free of hatred and injustice has changed the face of American society and continues to inspire people around the world.
This year, we celebrate not only Dr. King’s life, which began on this day 86 years ago, but also the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March, in which he led hundreds of protesters for voting rights on a 54-mile slog, through rain, mud and communities hostile to their cause, all the way to the steps of the Alabama state capitol. The peaceful marchers had faced brutal force and mass arrests, but these insults only strengthened their resolve. The world will never forget the courage and dignity of those who followed Dr. King on this march, their strict adherence to his principle of nonviolence even in the face of barbaric treatment, nor their influence on the history of a nation that, just a few months later, would see the Voting Rights Act signed into law by President Johnson.
Today, let us reflect on the words and deeds of Martin Luther King Jr., and consider what each of us can do today to help keep his dream alive.
NOW THEREFORE I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim January 15th 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 California to be affixed this 15th day of January 2015.
EDMUND G. BROWN JR.
Governor of California
Secretary of State