Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, 2015, 3447-3450 [2015-01254]

Download as PDF Vol. 80 Thursday, No. 14 January 22, 2015 Part IV The President tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with D0 Proclamation 9228—Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, 2015 Executive Order 13688—Federal Support for Local Law Enforcement Equipment Acquisition Memorandum of January 16, 2015—Expanding Federal Support for Predevelopment Activities for Nonfederal Domestic Infrastructure Assets VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:19 Jan 21, 2015 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4717 Sfmt 4717 E:\FR\FM\22JAD0.SGM 22JAD0 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with D0 VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:19 Jan 21, 2015 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4717 Sfmt 4717 E:\FR\FM\22JAD0.SGM 22JAD0 3449 Presidential Documents Federal Register Vol. 80, No. 14 Thursday, January 22, 2015 Title 3— Proclamation 9228 of January 16, 2015 The President Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, 2015 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation A champion for justice, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., helped awaken our Nation’s long-slumbering conscience and inspired a generation. Through a cacophony of division and hatred, his voice rang out, challenging America to make freedom a reality for all of God’s children and prophesying a day when the discord of our Union would be transformed into a symphony of brotherhood. His clarion call echoed the promise of our founding—that each of us are created equal—and every day he worked to give meaning to this timeless creed. Today, we pause to pay tribute to the extraordinary life and legacy of Dr. King, and we reflect on the lessons he taught us. Dr. King understood that equality requires more than the absence of oppression; it requires the presence of economic opportunity. He recognized that ‘‘we are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.’’ In a world full of poverty, he called for empathy; in the face of brutality, he placed his faith in non-violence. His teachings remind us we have a duty to fight against poverty, even if we are wealthy; to care about the child in the decrepit school long after our own children have found success; and to show compassion toward the immigrant family, knowing that we were strangers once, too. Dr. King transformed the concepts of justice, liberty, and equality, and as he led marches and protests and raised his voice, he changed the course of history. From Dr. King’s courage, we draw strength and the resolve to continue climbing toward the promised land. Our Nation has made undeniable progress since his time, but securing these gains requires constant vigilance, not complacency. We have more to do to bring Dr. King’s dream within reach of all our daughters and sons. We must stand together for good jobs, fair wages, safe neighborhoods, and quality education. With one voice, we must ensure the scales of justice work equally for all—considering not only how justice is applied, but also how it is perceived and experienced. As Dr. King told us, ‘‘injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,’’ and this remains our great unfinished business. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with D0 Through struggle and discipline, persistence and faith, patriots and prophetic leaders like Dr. King have driven our country inexorably forward. In every chapter of our great story, giants of history and unheralded foot soldiers for justice have fought to bridge the gap between our founding ideals and the realities of the time. We will never forget all who endured and sacrificed, or those who gave their lives, so that our children might live in a freer, fairer, and more just society. In sermons and speeches, Dr. King’s voice rang out with a call for us to work toward a better tomorrow. As we honor his legacy, Americans across the country will join one another for a day of service, picking up the baton handed to us by past generations and carrying forward their efforts. As one people, we will show when ordinary citizens come together to participate in the democracy we love, justice will not be denied. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:19 Jan 21, 2015 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\22JAD0.SGM 22JAD0 3450 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 14 / Thursday, January 22, 2015 / Presidential Documents and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 19, 2015, as the Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday. I encourage all Americans to observe this day with appropriate civic, community, and service projects in honor of Dr. King and to visit www.MLKDay.gov to find Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service projects across our country. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth. [FR Doc. 2015–01254 Filed 1–21–15; 11:15 am] VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:19 Jan 21, 2015 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\22JAD0.SGM 22JAD0 OB#1.EPS</GPH> tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with D0 Billing code 3295–F5

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 14 (Thursday, January 22, 2015)]
[Presidential Documents]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-01254]



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Vol. 80

Thursday,

No. 14

January 22, 2015

Part IV





The President





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Proclamation 9228--Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, 2015



Executive Order 13688--Federal Support for Local Law Enforcement 
Equipment Acquisition



Memorandum of January 16, 2015--Expanding Federal Support for 
Predevelopment Activities for Nonfederal Domestic Infrastructure Assets


                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 80 , No. 14 / Thursday, January 22, 2015 / 
Presidential Documents

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Title 3--
The President

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                Proclamation 9228 of January 16, 2015

                
Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, 2015

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                A champion for justice, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther 
                King, Jr., helped awaken our Nation's long-slumbering 
                conscience and inspired a generation. Through a 
                cacophony of division and hatred, his voice rang out, 
                challenging America to make freedom a reality for all 
                of God's children and prophesying a day when the 
                discord of our Union would be transformed into a 
                symphony of brotherhood. His clarion call echoed the 
                promise of our founding--that each of us are created 
                equal--and every day he worked to give meaning to this 
                timeless creed.

                Today, we pause to pay tribute to the extraordinary 
                life and legacy of Dr. King, and we reflect on the 
                lessons he taught us. Dr. King understood that equality 
                requires more than the absence of oppression; it 
                requires the presence of economic opportunity. He 
                recognized that ``we are caught in an inescapable 
                network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of 
                destiny.'' In a world full of poverty, he called for 
                empathy; in the face of brutality, he placed his faith 
                in non-violence. His teachings remind us we have a duty 
                to fight against poverty, even if we are wealthy; to 
                care about the child in the decrepit school long after 
                our own children have found success; and to show 
                compassion toward the immigrant family, knowing that we 
                were strangers once, too. Dr. King transformed the 
                concepts of justice, liberty, and equality, and as he 
                led marches and protests and raised his voice, he 
                changed the course of history.

                From Dr. King's courage, we draw strength and the 
                resolve to continue climbing toward the promised land. 
                Our Nation has made undeniable progress since his time, 
                but securing these gains requires constant vigilance, 
                not complacency. We have more to do to bring Dr. King's 
                dream within reach of all our daughters and sons. We 
                must stand together for good jobs, fair wages, safe 
                neighborhoods, and quality education. With one voice, 
                we must ensure the scales of justice work equally for 
                all--considering not only how justice is applied, but 
                also how it is perceived and experienced. As Dr. King 
                told us, ``injustice anywhere is a threat to justice 
                everywhere,'' and this remains our great unfinished 
                business.

                Through struggle and discipline, persistence and faith, 
                patriots and prophetic leaders like Dr. King have 
                driven our country inexorably forward. In every chapter 
                of our great story, giants of history and unheralded 
                foot soldiers for justice have fought to bridge the gap 
                between our founding ideals and the realities of the 
                time. We will never forget all who endured and 
                sacrificed, or those who gave their lives, so that our 
                children might live in a freer, fairer, and more just 
                society.

                In sermons and speeches, Dr. King's voice rang out with 
                a call for us to work toward a better tomorrow. As we 
                honor his legacy, Americans across the country will 
                join one another for a day of service, picking up the 
                baton handed to us by past generations and carrying 
                forward their efforts. As one people, we will show when 
                ordinary citizens come together to participate in the 
                democracy we love, justice will not be denied.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution

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                and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim 
                January 19, 2015, as the Martin Luther King, Jr., 
                Federal Holiday. I encourage all Americans to observe 
                this day with appropriate civic, community, and service 
                projects in honor of Dr. King and to visit 
                www.MLKDay.gov to find Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of 
                Service projects across our country.

                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                sixteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United 
                States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.
                
                
                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. 2015-01254
Filed 1-21-15; 11:15 am]
Billing code 3295-F5