Box 9, Folder 24, Document 18

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WH EREAS , T he assafinati on o f D r , M ar tin Luthe r King,. J r.
t akes from Atla nta one of i ts great est ci tize n s of a ll t im e, w ho hono r e d
hi s h o1n e c i ty i n t he e y es of a ll t he w o r l <l when h e was a wa rded tl1e
Nob e l P eac e P rize i n 1964 , ar,.d
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WH EREAS, t his s ensel ess a c t o f viol e nc e t a ke s from. ou r n a t i on
o ne o f it s greatest l ead e rs of a ll tim .e in th e cau s e of hurn a n broth er hood
and racial ami t y, and
WHEREA S , t h i s t rag i c m i sdee d t akes fro m our wo r ld o ne o:f i t s
gre ates t a d vocat e s of the c a u se of p ea c e a rn ong a ll n a tions a nd a ll
rac e r , a n d
WHER EA S , a lth ou gh the phys i c a l p r ese nc e o f t his emin e n t Am e rican
h a s b een to r n fro m u s , h i s sou l will go mar c hing on to i n sp ir e a ll
A mer ican s t o achi eve th e g o a l of equ a l j u s tic e , e qu a l oppo r tuni ty a nd
eq u a l citi z e n ship f o r e a ch and eve r y A mer ic an , r ega rdl ess of r ace ,
c r ee d o r c o lor , a n d
WH EREA S , our Atla nta ci t i zenr y j o i ns w ith a ll m e n and wome n o f
g ood w ill e ve ry,.v h e re o n o u r earth , and par tiCLil.a r l y with the g o od
citi ze n r y ~
i n ou r si s ter cit y o f : .f..:mphi s , i n d e plo r i ng t he d e a dly
s hot w ho se e c h o osc of h a tr ed r esound e d ar ound t h e wo rld 2.nd i n on e
t r a gic i nsta nt t r a nsmitt e d a li ving l ea d er of ou r p r e se nt
a rn.a r t yr
of age s t o come ,
fo
NO W , T HEREF O RE , I, I va n JAJ.l en , J r ., M a yo r of the C ity of
Atl a nta , do h e r e by pro claim M onda y , A pr il 8 , as
M AR T I N LU T H ER KING , JR . DA Y O F MOU RNI N G
a nd c a ll upon a ll citi ze ns t o obs e r ve t h a t d a.y i n h o nor of th e m e mory
of our e m in e nt fe llow ci ti zen and t o j o i n w i th me in pr a yin g tha t , w ith
Go d's h e l p, our n a tion m a y att a i n th e go a l of corn pl ete racial j us t ice
a n d r a cia l equ a lity for w h i ch he g a v e h is l i fe .
IN WI TNESS W HERE O F , I h a ve
h e r e unt o set m y h and an d c aus e d t h e
S eal of t h e Cit y o f Atl anta t o b e a ffi x e d
t his 5th d a y of Ap r i l, 1968 .
I van All e n , J r .
M a yor

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