HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 2001-4680, by Representatives Jackley, Cox, Pearson, Lovick, Conway, Romero, Lysen, Hunt, Kagi, Santos, Sullivan, Veloria, Kenney, Tokuda, Simpson, Hatfield, Schmidt, Morell, Barlean, Dunn, Linville, Ahern, Alexander, Anderson, Armstrong, Ballard, Ballasiotes, Benson, Berkey, Boldt, Buck, Bush, Cairnes, Campbell, Carrell, Casada, Chandler, Chase, Chopp, Clements, Cody, Cooper, Crouse, Darneille, DeBolt, Delvin, Dickerson, Doumit, Dunshee, Edwards, Eickmeyer, Ericksen, Esser, Fisher, Fromhold, Gombosky, Grant, Haigh, Hankins, Holmquist, Hurst, Jarrett, Kessler, Kirby, Lantz, Lisk, Mastin, McDermott, McIntire, McMorris, Mielke, Miloscia, Mitchell, Morris, Mulliken, Murray, Nixon, O'Brien, Ogden, Orcutt, Pflug, Quall, Reardon, Roach, Rockefeller, Ruderman, Schindler, Schoesler, Schual‑Berke, Sehlin, Skinner, Sommers, Sump, Talcott, Upthegrove, Van Luven, Wood and Woods


       WHEREAS, January 21, 2002, has been designated as the holiday in which we, as a nation, and as a state, remember and honor the life and work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; and

       WHEREAS, Dr. King's life and political philosophy advocated the need for men and women to strive to overcome oppression without resorting to violence; and

       WHEREAS, Dr. King's philosophy of nonviolence and civil disobedience was based on the life and teachings of Mohandas K. Gandhi; and

       WHEREAS, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. advanced his goals and principles with determination, faith, dignity, and courage in the face of life-threatening opposition; and

       WHEREAS, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was jailed several times throughout his struggle to bring to all people the opportunity to live free of racial, ethnic, and religious discrimination and violence; and

       WHEREAS, Dr. King raised the consciousness of the nation and of our state to fundamental injustices and inequalities in American society and moved us forward on the long and unfinished road to racial harmony and reconciliation; and

       WHEREAS, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a champion of nonviolence, fervently advocated nonviolent resistance as the strategy to end segregation and racial discrimination in America, and was awarded the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize; and

       WHEREAS, Dr. King's untimely death deeply grieved both our nation and the state of Washington; and

       WHEREAS, Dr. King's efforts were recognized by the Congress of the United States, which created a permanent federal holiday to commemorate the date of his birth; and

       WHEREAS, Dr. King's work and legacy were further recognized by the state of Washington, which honors his remembrance as a state holiday; and

       WHEREAS, There is still much work to be done in achieving full reconciliation among America's racial, social, and ethnic communities and in creating a colorblind society;

       NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives, on behalf of the people of our state, recognizes the importance of the life and work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the civil society and freedoms of the United States of America and of the state of Washington; and

       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives calls on the people of the state of Washington to study, reflect on, and celebrate Dr. King's life and ideals in order to fulfill his dream of civil and human rights for all people; and

       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives honors Dr. King's memory by urging all of the citizens of our state to make Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a day of service.



              I hereby certify this to be a true and correct copy of

              4680 Resolution adopted by the House of Representatives

                                 January 21, 2002.




                          Cynthia Zehnder, Co-Chief Clerk