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Commissioner Darryl C. Towns celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at events around New York City

(left) Commissioner Towns, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins
(right) Commissioner Towns with Charles Thompson III of the United Negro College Fund


On January 20th, Commissioner Darryl C. Towns celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at events around the city.

Representing the Governor at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute breakfast, he delivered personal greetings to BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins.

Commissioner Towns then joined with hundreds at the Greater New York Inter-Alumni Council of the United Negro College Fund, 24th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Breakfast in Queens Village, presenting a Governor’s proclamation, excerpted below:

Whereas, Martin Luther King, Jr. was a social activist and leader whose ideas impacted a generation and transformed the social, political, and cultural landscape of our nation; his impassioned "I Have A Dream" speech delivered at the historic March on Washington in August of 1963 was heard in homes across the country and is recognized as one of the most powerful and profound orations in American history

Whereas, Dr. King has had a permanent and lasting impact on the world; lauded for his efforts to achieve social, political, and economic equality, Dr. King was named Time magazine's "Man of the Year," in 1964 and was awarded the Nobel Peace prize that same year; his ideals are highlighted annually on the federal holiday established in his honor in 1986, and his message is passed on to new generations inspired by his strength, hope, and conviction; and 

Whereas, this day also asks for our renewed  commitment to the broader philosophy upheld by Dr. King, including civil liberty, social equality, and community service, as these are fundamental to an open and inclusive society; and 

Whereas, Dr. King confronted unprecedented challenges with the knowledge and belief that, as one people united in principle and purpose, "we shall overcome" all prejudice, hate, and intolerance; his legacy lives on through the civil rights victories won during his lifetime, as well as those won in the decades since; 


Last Updated: 01/22/14