(AMN) – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today issued a proclamation declaring Monday, January 17, 2022 as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Michigan, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Governor Whitmer and Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist call on Michiganders to reflect on the life of Dr. King and commit themselves to continuing his work.
“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a passionate advocate and leader who fought for social justice, tolerance, and freedom for all,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I encourage every Michigander to take a moment and think about what Dr. King’s work means to you. While we have been through a lot these past few years, I am optimistic that we can come together and continue his mission. By following Dr. King’s example, we can fight injustice, discrimination, and hate and build a Michigan with justice and equal rights for all.”
“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and service continue to inspire, motivate, and challenge Michiganders from all walks of life,” said Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II. “This year, as we reflect on Dr. King’s legacy and the obstacles we have yet to overcome, let us resolve to practice the values he and others so courageously stood for: courageous nonviolence, committed compassion, and unflappable love for our fellow people. By committing ourselves to these values, we can triumph over injustice and build a state that reflects our best ideals.”
Congress designated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day as the third Monday in January, coinciding with Dr. King’s birthday. This year marks the 36th observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
View the full proclamation here.