The Massachusetts State Senate on Thursday unanimously passed legislation to establish a memorial to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the House Chamber of the Massachusetts Legislature. The memorial will include the text of the civil rights leader’s historic speech delivered in front of a joint convention of both houses of the Massachusetts General Court.
In his 1965 speech to the Legislature, King noted Massachusetts’ role in securing liberty for this country. King furthermore declared, that “No section of the country can boast of clean hands in the area of brotherhood,” and charged both state lawmakers and members of the public with doing more to preserve liberty and create a just society. The full text of the speech would be included on a plaque in the State House.
“The words that Dr. King spoke to the legislature many years ago are just as important now as they were then,” said Senator Michael Moore (D-Millbury), Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. “These words will serve as a reminder to myself and my colleagues on the work that we have ahead to build a more just and equitable Commonwealth.”
The legislation now moves back to the Massachusetts House of Representatives for further action.