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In Memory of Dr. King
 

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The Legislative Black Caucus worked for thirteen years to pass state legislation that would acknowledge the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This dream became reality in 1981 when Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. signed AB 312 in a highly publicized signing ceremony. Authored by Assembly Member Elihu Harris, AB 312 created a state holiday on Dr. King's birthday, January 15th.


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Assembly Member Elihu Harris, standing far right, author of the Martin Luther King, Jr., birthday bill, introduces Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. Also, seated from the left, Assembly Speaker Willie L. Brown Jr. and Senate President Pro Tem David Roberti. Standing, from left, are Assembly Members Teresa Hughes and Maxine Waters; student Karen Kennedy of Oakland Technical High School; Senator Milton Marks; and Assembly Members Gwen Moore and Matthew Martinez, September 3, 1981.

Assembly Member Elihu Harris, standing far right, author of the Martin Luther King, Jr., birthday bill, introduces Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. Also, seated from the left, Assembly Speaker Willie L. Brown Jr. and Senate President Pro Tem David Roberti. Standing, from left, are Assembly Members Teresa Hughes and Maxine Waters; student Karen Kennedy of Oakland Technical High School; Senator Milton Marks; and Assembly Members Gwen Moore and Matthew Martinez, September 3, 1981.

Standing far left, Assembly Member Curtis R. Tucker, Sr.; standing center, Senator Bill Greene; seated far right, Senator Diane Watson and Superintendent of Public Instruction Wilson Riles join the signing ceremony, 1981.

Standing far left, Assembly Member Curtis R. Tucker, Sr.; standing center, Senator Bill Greene; seated far right, Senator Diane Watson and Superintendent of Public Instruction Wilson Riles join the signing ceremony, 1981.

In Memory of Martin Luther King, 1929-1968; Prayers offered Assembly Chambers, California Legislature, April 5, 1968.

In Memory of Martin Luther King, 1929-1968; Prayers offered Assembly Chambers, California Legislature, April 5, 1968.

Original Bill File of AB 312, which created a State Holiday in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Original Bill File of AB 312, which created a State Holiday in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Page 2

Original Bill File of AB 312, which created a State Holiday in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Page 3

Original Bill File of AB 312, which created a State Holiday in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Page 4

Original Bill File of AB 312, which created a State Holiday in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Page 5

Original Bill File of AB 312, which created a State Holiday in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1981.

“The Last Time I Saw Doctor King” by Senator Mervyn Dymally, news clipping from the <em>Community Democrat</em>, May 1968.

“The Last Time I Saw Doctor King” by Senator Mervyn Dymally, news clipping from the Community Democrat, May 1968.

We are Apollos supporters of Oakland Tech. — NOS QUI ULTRA LUCEM STELLARUM ADSPIRAMUS button worn during the Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday holiday bill signing ceremony, 1981.

We are Apollos supporters of Oakland Tech. — NOS QUI ULTRA LUCEM STELLARUM ADSPIRAMUS button worn during the Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday holiday bill signing ceremony, 1981.

“Students for the Martin Luther King Jr. birthday holiday” button worn during the bill signing ceremony, 1981.

Students for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday button worn during the bill signing ceremony, 1981.


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