Executive Order 01-03
State of Montana
Office of the Governor
EXECUTIVE ORDER CONTINUING THE MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. COMMEMORATIVE COMMISSION
WHEREAS, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. summoned from every
American and Montanan qualities that guide and sustain the American
spirit and our nation's commitment to equality, justice, freedom
and peace, and he awakened our national pride and the essential
goodness of our people by leading an American nonviolent movement
that enriched our moral purpose as a nation; and
WHEREAS, this human rights movement advocated nonviolent methods
of social change in the struggle for justice, equality and freedom,
and raised the consciousness of our country through Dr. King's
personal dream of a nation where all people are judged, not by the
color of their skin, but by the content of their character;
WHEREAS, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was recognized on November
2, 1983 by the United States Congress and the President of the
United States in the enactment of legislation establishing the
third Monday in January as a national holiday in celebration of Dr.
King's birthday, beginning in 1986; and
WHEREAS, the State of Montana recognizes the significance of Dr.
King's life and accomplishments in human rights and passed Senate
Bill 78 in 1991, which set aside the third Monday in January as
Martin Luther King, Jr./Human Rights Day.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JUDY MARTZ, Governor of the State of Montana,
by virtue of the authority vested in me under the laws and
Constitution of the State of Montana, do hereby continue the Martin
Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission.
The purpose of the Commission is to:
appropriate ceremonies and activities honoring the legal holiday
honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.;
B. provide advice and
assistance to individuals, governments and private organizations
concerning the observance of this holiday;
C. promote throughout
the state education and awareness of the principles of nonviolence
and respect for human rights for all;
D. seek to involve all
sectors, private and public, in a conscious effort to recognize,
resolve and resist racism; and
E. forward an annual
report on its activities to the Governor.
The membership of the Commission shall represent and reach out
to particular groups within the community, such as ethnic
minorities, elected officials, students, and groups associated with
various religions, education, business, labor, youth, peace and
justice, and civil and human rights. The names and addresses of
members who shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor are
submitted by separate letter to the Secretary of State.
A chair shall be appointed by the Governor.
The Commission is attached to the Office of Community Service
for administrative purposes.
The Council shall exist for a period of two years from the
effective date of this Order. This Order is effective
GIVEN under my hand and the GREAT
SEAL of the State of Montana,
this ___ day of __________, 2003.
JUDY MARTZ, Governor
BOB BROWN, Secretary of State