Honor King

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On Monday, our nation will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Congress passed the holiday legislation in 1983, which was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. It was first observed Jan. 20, 1986.

In support of the law, 6 million signatures were collected for a petition to Congress, termed by an article in The Nation magazine as “the largest petition in favor of an issue in U.S. history.”

In 1998, President Bill Clinton signed into law legislation to transform the King holiday into a day of citizen action and volunteer service. Since then, in honor of Dr. King, volunteers across the country have donated their time and resources to make a difference in their communities.

Locally, several organizations, colleges, religious institutions and the military are planning a parade and various other programs. I want to encourage these groups also to include a volunteer project in their activities if such hasn’t already been planned.

As I have done for several years, I have chosen to make contributions to agencies that provide services to youth. This year I will be contributing to the Boys and Girls Club, the Mini Theatre and the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History in honor of Dr. King. And I suggest to my fellow citizens that this is a great way to honor the man who led our great country out of bondage.

Tracy E. Williams Jr.


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Jane18 01/20/13 - 01:02 pm
Feeling Insulted? Well, Yeahhhhhhhh........

With Mr.Williams, Hollywood, CNN, Democrat Party, certain activists, and the inference in the last sentence of his letter, Racism WILL stay alive and well! When are you going to move on Mr. Williams, when are you ever going to realize it was your own people that kidnapped and sold your very own forefathers to immoral men? When................???? As far as your contributions, that's wonderful that you have enough to contribute to so many organizations, but, be assured some of the rest of us are concerned also, and Do help ALL youth.

walrus4ever 01/20/13 - 04:36 pm
When I first saw the heading

When I first saw the heading for this letter my immediate thought was that this refered to the President. Seriously, anyone who wants to help African American youth gets my praise. Of course, there are many young people of all races who need guidance however it is the decision of each benefactor to direct financial aid as they see fit.

Gary Ross
Gary Ross 01/21/13 - 09:07 am
More of this "Hooray for my side"...

When are we going to start being equal; to have everyone stand on their own merit?

Bruno 01/21/13 - 01:26 pm
Yes! Honor King by treating

Yes! Honor King by treating people as equals in every way.

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