Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, 2006, 3199-3200 [06-552]

Download as PDF 3199 Presidential Documents Federal Register Vol. 71, No. 12 Thursday, January 19, 2006 Title 3— Proclamation 7973 of January 13, 2006 The President Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, 2006 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation As we observe the 20th anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, we reflect on the history of civil rights in America and honor Dr. King for the power of his intellect, the truth of his words, and the example of his courage. Dr. King created a powerful and enduring legacy for all Americans by calling upon our Nation to ensure equal justice under law and uphold our founding ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all people. Dr. King became an active leader in the civil rights movement in the 1950s, strengthened in his resolve by the quiet courage of Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus. He advocated nonviolent action as a means to overcome the evil of racism in America, and he led the effort that resulted in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Dr. King later said that the legislation was the work of every citizen who took to the streets and marched for justice and equality. The Voting Rights Act, which became law the next year, guaranteed all citizens the right to vote, regardless of race, and helped our country realize the promise of the 15th Amendment to our Constitution. Dr. King believed that all people are made in God’s image and created equal. He dedicated his life to empowering people, no matter their circumstances, and challenged them to lift up their neighbors and communities. He broke down barriers within our society by encouraging Americans to look past their differences and refused to rest until our Nation fulfilled its pledge of liberty and justice for all. hsrobinson on PROD1PC70 with PROPOSALS3 As we observe and honor Dr. King’s birthday, we are reminded that great causes often involve great sacrifices. In the five decades since Dr. King and Mrs. Parks stood together in Montgomery, Alabama, our country has made great progress toward equality for every citizen. Yet more work remains. In the words of Dr. King, ‘‘We will not be satisfied until ‘justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.’ ’’ NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Monday, January 16, 2006, as the Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday. I encourage all Americans to observe this day with appropriate civic, community, and service programs and activities in honor of the memory and legacy of Dr. King. VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:41 Jan 18, 2006 Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\19JAD0.SGM 19JAD0 3200 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 12 / Thursday, January 19, 2006 / Presidential Documents IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand six, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirtieth. W [FR Doc. 06–552 Filed 1–18–06; 9:23 am] hsrobinson on PROD1PC70 with PROPOSALS3 Billing code 3195–01–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:41 Jan 18, 2006 Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\19JAD0.SGM 19JAD0

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 12 (Thursday, January 19, 2006)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 3199-3200]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 06-552]



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Part III





The President





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Proclamation 7973--Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, 2006



Proclamation 7974--Religious Freedom Day, 2006



Executive Order 13395--Designating the Global Fund To Fight AIDS, 
Tuberculosis and Malaria as a Public International Organization 
Entitled To Enjoy Certain Privileges, Exemptions, and Immunities


                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 12 / Thursday, January 19, 2006 / 
Presidential Documents

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Title 3--
The President

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                Proclamation 7973 of January 13, 2006

                
Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, 2006

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                As we observe the 20th anniversary of the Martin Luther 
                King, Jr., Federal Holiday, we reflect on the history 
                of civil rights in America and honor Dr. King for the 
                power of his intellect, the truth of his words, and the 
                example of his courage. Dr. King created a powerful and 
                enduring legacy for all Americans by calling upon our 
                Nation to ensure equal justice under law and uphold our 
                founding ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of 
                happiness for all people.

                Dr. King became an active leader in the civil rights 
                movement in the 1950s, strengthened in his resolve by 
                the quiet courage of Rosa Parks' refusal to give up her 
                seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus. He advocated non-
                violent action as a means to overcome the evil of 
                racism in America, and he led the effort that resulted 
                in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Dr. King later said 
                that the legislation was the work of every citizen who 
                took to the streets and marched for justice and 
                equality. The Voting Rights Act, which became law the 
                next year, guaranteed all citizens the right to vote, 
                regardless of race, and helped our country realize the 
                promise of the 15th Amendment to our Constitution.

                Dr. King believed that all people are made in God's 
                image and created equal. He dedicated his life to 
                empowering people, no matter their circumstances, and 
                challenged them to lift up their neighbors and 
                communities. He broke down barriers within our society 
                by encouraging Americans to look past their differences 
                and refused to rest until our Nation fulfilled its 
                pledge of liberty and justice for all.

                As we observe and honor Dr. King's birthday, we are 
                reminded that great causes often involve great 
                sacrifices. In the five decades since Dr. King and Mrs. 
                Parks stood together in Montgomery, Alabama, our 
                country has made great progress toward equality for 
                every citizen. Yet more work remains. In the words of 
                Dr. King, ``We will not be satisfied until `justice 
                rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty 
                stream.' ''

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United 
                States, do hereby proclaim Monday, January 16, 2006, as 
                the Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday. I 
                encourage all Americans to observe this day with 
                appropriate civic, community, and service programs and 
                activities in honor of the memory and legacy of Dr. 
                King.

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                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                thirteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand six, and of the Independence of the United 
                States of America the two hundred and thirtieth.

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[FR Doc. 06-552
Filed 1-18-06; 9:23 am]
Billing code 3195-01-P