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Madison – Governor Scott Walker today issued a proclamation declaring today Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

“We can all learn a great deal from reflecting on Dr. King’s life,” said Governor Walker.  “He fought tirelessly and peacefully for freedom, equality and justice.  His words continue to inspire us today.”

The Governor participated in two celebrations of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day today.  In the morning he attended a breakfast celebration in Milwaukee.  This afternoon he will participate in the state celebration at the State Capitol.

A copy of the official proclamation is attached. 

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A PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia, graduated from high school at the age of 15 and is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize; and

WHEREAS, Dr. King dedicated his life and used his oratorical and leadership skills for the peaceful fight for freedom, equality, justice and civil rights, even serving time in jail; and

WHEREAS, the determined and unselfish work of Dr. King, and those who united with him, to further individual rights and human dignity has become an inspiration to persons of all social, religious, racial and ethnic backgrounds; and

WHEREAS, the Federal Holiday Commission urges all of us to remember the life, career and dreams of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to celebrate the holiday and thirty-first year that the State of Wisconsin has held a commemoration in his honor in the true spirit of goodwill and community by living the dream and serving the causes of equality, peace, justice and freedom; now, therefore

I, Scott Walker, Governor of the State of Wisconsin, do hereby proclaim January 17, 2011 as

THE REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY

throughout the State of Wisconsin, and I commend this observance to all citizens.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Wisconsin to be affixed. Done at the Capitol in the City of Madison this 11th day of January in the year two thousand eleven.

SCOTT WALKER

By the Governor:

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DOUGLAS LA FOLLETTE

Secretary of State