Black Caucus honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 18, 2013

Sacramento – In the first official ceremony of the legislative year, members of California's Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC), led by their newly elected Chair Assemblymember Holly Mitchell, rose one-by-one in the Assembly on January 18th to pay tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Assemblymember Mitchell introduced an Assembly Concurrent Resolution to commemorate the civil rights leader and the national holiday named in his honor.

2013 is a landmark year in the history of the Civil Rights movement, said Black Caucus Chair Mitchell. In 2013 there could not be a more appropriate way to honor that history than by commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.

As the Legislature reconvenes to debate issues of employment, education and healthcare, today's ceremony sets the tone for what many hope is a year of bipartisan partnerships that will reflect Dr. King's call for social and equal justice. Many other legislators joined the Caucus in saluting the memory and achievements of Dr. King, citing his actions in life as example and inspiration for moral leadership.

Ms. Mitchell summed up what the ceremony meant in her closing remarks: I would like to acknowledge all of the ‘drum majors for justice' who stood today and shared profoundly personal stories about what the civil rights and human rights movements have meant to you, and meant to all of us as Californians and Americans. It is necessary to remember our history when advancing toward a brighter future

The resolution (ACR 2), which commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 as well as the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington of 1963, passed the Assembly with 71 co-authors and no opposition.