January 14, 2011

Honor Dr. King's Memory Through Volunteerism, Ending Violence, Mayor Daley Tells Interfaith Breakfast

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There is no better way to honor the memory of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King than to spend a day in service to others and to remain vigilant in the struggle against violence in America, Mayor Richard M. Daley said today.

“If he were with us today, we all know that Dr. King would join the millions of Chicagoans -- and others around the nation -- in our outrage over the brutal violence that is all too prevalent in America,” Daley said at the 25th Annual Interfaith Breakfast celebrating Dr. King’s life, held in the International Ballroom of the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Av.
Daley said this year’s observance of the King Holiday (January 17) comes at a time when another terrible example of the violence that challenges America all too fresh in people’s minds.
“We need only reflect on the horrible killings in Arizona to understand once again -- as Dr. King taught -- that it is the responsibility of every one of us to seek a just and peaceful society and that we must remain vigilant to achieve that goal,” the Mayor said.
He asked everyone in attendance -- and every person across the city -- to redouble their efforts to help achieve Dr. King’s dream of a just and peaceful society by, among things:
  • Encouraging parents to take responsibility for their children, keep them involved in positive activities and enforce our city's curfew in their homes.
  • Supporting provide positive after school alternatives for Chicago’s children.
  • Mentoring a young person
Daley noted that the Martin Luther King Day of Service is a part of the President’s national call to service initiative, which asks Americans to work together to provide solutions to the nation’s most pressing problems.
He said Chicago is part of a coalition of cities across the country which have committed to promoting service and volunteerism as a strategy to increase the impact of local service efforts. 
The program here, launched last September, is called “One Good Deed Chicago,” and it focuses on supporting not-for-profit organizations engaged in developing out-of-school time programs for young people and helping residents most affected by the recession get back on the path to economic recovery.
“As Dr. King once said, ‘Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?'" Daley said.
“Every hour that a person gives to the community makes a difference. And it brings us closer to achieving Dr. King’s dream,” he said.
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