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90_SR0008 LRB9000979KBkb 1 SENATE RESOLUTION 2 WHEREAS, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dedicated his life 3 to the nonviolent civil rights struggle after being ordained 4 into the ministry of the National Baptist Church and 5 receiving a doctorate in theology from Boston University; and 6 WHEREAS, While minister of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church 7 in Montgomery, Alabama, Dr. King worked on civil rights 8 issues with the National Baptist Church and received a 9 doctorate in theology from Boston University; and 10 WHEREAS, Dr. King became president of the Southern 11 Christian Leadership Conference and organized voter 12 registration drives throughout the South. He continued to 13 promote nonviolence through sit-ins designed to end 14 segregation, and assisted in the creation of the Student 15 Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; and 16 WHEREAS, Dr. King chaired the Freedom Ride Coordinating 17 Committee which toured the South ensuring compliance with 18 desegregation laws. "Freedom Walks" and prayer vigils in 19 place of violent rioting were advocated by Dr. King, who led 20 10,000 civil rights supporters of all races in a march from 21 Selma to Montgomery, Alabama; and 22 WHEREAS, Equal rights for African-Americans were being 23 sought in Memphis, Tennessee, and when Dr. King traveled to 24 that city to assist the protests he was assassinated there on 25 April 4, 1968. Dr. King's legacy has resulted in the ongoing 26 quest for equal rights for all Americans; and 27 WHEREAS, 10th Street (State Route 37) from Oakland Avenue 28 South to Veterans Memorial Drive, which is traveled by all 29 ethnic groups and economic strata of the State, and is used 30 by Mt. Vernon's residents, all of whose quality of life has 31 been improved by Dr. King's efforts should bear the name of -2- LRB9000979KBkb 1 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; therefore, be it 2 RESOLVED, BY THE SENATE OF THE NINETIETH GENERAL ASSEMBLY 3 OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that in the city of Mount Vernon, 4 10th Street from Oakland Avenue South to Veterans Memorial 5 Drive be designated as "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive"; 6 and be it further 7 RESOLVED, That we respectfully urge the Illinois 8 Department of Transportation and the City of Mt. Vernon to 9 erect appropriate signs, markers, or plaques along the 10 highway in recognition of this designation; and be it further 11 RESOLVED, That suitable copies of this resolution be 12 presented to the Secretary of the Illinois Department of 13 Transportation, and the Mayor of the City of Mt. Vernon, 14 Illinois.
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