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Agenda Item - 2022-01-04 - Number 6.1 - Proclamation - Martin Luther King Jr. Day 6.1 I 0 o EG�� Office of the .Mayor, City of Lake Oswego Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr.,the foremost leader of the modern American Civil Rights Movement and one of the greatest advocates for racial equality, social and economic justice and human rights in the history of the nation, was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. King embraced the practice of non-violent civil disobedience as an effective means of exposing and overcoming institutional racism, prejudice and injustice. When faced with adversity and physical imprisonment, he did not waiver and continued to serve as a pillar of the community; illustrating the fact that the flame of hope within us all will not be stamped out by those who aim to marginalize. We also recognize the family of Dr. King, who shared him with the world while living through adversity, threats, constant fear and violent acts that were only amplified by their father's unrelenting quest for equality. More often than not,throughout history,those who suffer the most from the actions of the righteous are the ones who follow the closest. We thank them for that sacrifice, and for the legacy they continue to carry on in Dr. King's honor to this day. Our City is strengthened when our residents stand on the shoulders of Dr. King to make their voices heard, and as they cast light on the darkness of injustice, hate and intolerance that remain we remember the example he set decades ago. May his enduring memory inspire the continued work needed to lift the oppressed from poverty,to seek peace in countries and communities torn by violence and war, and to end racism and class discrimination that continue to inhibit all from reaching their full, free potential constitutionally guaranteed to all. Dr. King embodied the moral responsibility we share as citizens to seek justice for the marginalized and oppressed as he set aside personal discomforts and inconveniences in the name of a good greater than himself.We draw on his lessons that courage now will lead to a better day tomorrow. The hopes of those who listened to his message remain alive today as the current world reminds us that our duty to provide a voice to those silenced in the face of seemingly insurmountable barriers is reverberated in the resilience of Dr. King's message and shepherded forward by his courageous leadership. Dr. King reminded us that, "Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You only need a heart full of grace.A soul generated by love." May his strength live in each one of us, his message continue to empower new generations of leaders and his legacy inspire service to others. We invite you to join us in honoring Dr. King by viewing a pre-recorded program hosted jointly by the local Baha'i community and our own City Library starting Monday,January 10th. A silent walk, hosted by Respond 2 Racism in partnership with the City,will also take place at Millennium Park Plaza on January 16th at 2pm. Details for both events can be found on the City's website-we hope that you will partake in one or both of these events with us. NOW,THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that we,the Lake Oswego City Council, proclaim January 17, 2022 as Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and we call upon the people of the City of Lake Oswego to join their fellow residents across the United States in observing this day with civic, community, and service programs in honor of his life and lasting legacy. Joseph M. Buck, Mayor January 4, 2022