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By Jana Hill
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Martin Luther King Day recognized by council


Last updated 1/22/2021 at 8:14am

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Civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Day was recognized in Mill Creek by city government and the local chamber of commerce.

Today is the national holiday that honors his contribution to civil rights and equality. The holiday is observed each year on the third Monday in January as "a day on, not a day off," according to It is "the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities," the website said.

In the Mill Creek Chamber of Commerce newsletter, a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shared: "If you can't fly, then run; if you can't run, then walk; if you can't walk, then crawl; but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward."

The quote was chosen from many, "because of the year we've all had which has tested our resolve. Continue moving forward and look for ways to inspire and help those in our community," the Mill Creek Chamber of Commerce newsletter said.

The City of Mill Creek read a proclamation into the record on Jan. 12, recognizing the holiday within the City as well.

"Whereas, Dr. Martin Luther King devoted his life to achieving – advancing equality social justice and opportunity for all and challenged all Americans to participate in the never-ending work of building a more perfect union. Whereas, Dr. King's teachings continue to guide and inspire us in addressing challenges in our communities. And, whereas, each of us can and must contribute to making our communities better with increased opportunity for all our citizens. Now, therefore, I, Brian Holtzclaw, the Mayor of the City of Mill Creek, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby proclaim Jan. 18, 2021, as Martin Luther King Day, in the city of Mill Creek."

Holtzclaw said the city proclaims the holiday annually.

Dr. King's "I have a dream" speech is posted in both transcript and audio:

Editor's comment: Did you do a service project to honor Martin Luther King Day? Tell Beacon readers about it: [email protected].


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