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Council members ask Metro Louisville to remember the work Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday

Tuesday January 16, 2007

Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
For More Information Contact:
Tony Hyatt: 574-4137/ 526-3622
For Immediate release:

Louisville – For some, Monday January 15th is just another holiday. For others, it is a day to remember the efforts of a man who helped America understand the meaning of civil right and social justice.

“I would hope many people would not look at this coming Monday as just being another day off,” says Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5. “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. helped remind this country of its promise. The promise of equal treatment for everyone by everyone.”

Many events will honor Dr. King’s birthday through out Metro Louisville. The biggest on Monday is PRIDE INC.’s 35th Motorcade and Rally beginning at Lyles Mall at 28th and Broadway and ending at the Hill Street Missionary Baptist Church on Dixie Highway.

“If you cannot attend the motorcade and rally, I ask that you remember him on that day,” says Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D) 3. “Remember him for the sacrifices he made to obtain equal rights. Remember him because he made the ultimate sacrifice: he gave his life.  When you think of the many opportunities we enjoy you must remember the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

Through out the city, there will be a day of community service and other remembrances including a concert by the Louisville orchestra.

 For some on the Metro Council, Dr, King’s work is as timely today as it was when he first began the civil rights marches that brought the country the awareness it needed to reform.

“He understood that it did not matter if you were black or white, rich or poor, young or old, we must all treat each other equally,” says Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D) 2. “That is what I will always remember about his message.”

For others, Dr. King’s work is an example.

“He was a caveat for change,” Says Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D) 15. “He had a message of peace and justice that still is as important as it was more than 50 years ago. It is a message that we should all live by.”

“I am happy to know that there will soon be a monument on the National Mall in Washington DC in honor of Dr Martin Luther King’s contribution to the nation,” says Woolridge.

For more information about local events in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday go to the Metro Newsroom of www.louisvilleky.gov.

Sponsor(s):
Barbara Shanklin (D) 2
Mary C. Woolridge (D) 3
Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5
Marianne Butler (D) 15