Cape Girardeau City Council issued a proclamation during the Aug. 19 meeting commemorating Aug. 28 as the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The proclamation’s text is below:
Whereas, on August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as part of the March on Washington, delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech calling for racial equality; and
Whereas, this event, attended by over 250,000 Americans, heralded a national drive toward civil rights, moving “from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice;” and
Whereas, this speech had a direct and dramatic impact on the consciousness and consciences of millions of Americans, bringing forth the hope for a United States that would “live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal;” and
Whereas, the City of Cape Girardeau supports the vision promoted by Dr. King, for peaceful progress toward equality before the law, as enshrined in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, for all Americans; and
Whereas, this speech continues to inspire and enlighten Americans of all generations; and
Whereas, on the 50th anniversary of this momentous speech, we recognize that the progress
achieved toward Dr. King’s vision should encourage us to work even harder toward what he called “the American dream,” to live in a country “where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character;” and
Whereas, the City of Cape Girardeau supports the vision promoted by Dr. King, for peaceful progress toward equality before the law, as enshrined in the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, for all Americans.
Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved that I, Harry E. Rediger, Mayor of the City of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, do hereby declare August 28th, 2013, as a day of commemoration in the City of Cape Girardeau in honor of this historic speech, and encourage the citizens of Cape Girardeau to remember and put into action the words of Dr. King for the benefit of this great City and Nation.