To honor and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the City of Portland and its residents proclaim their appreciation for a great man whose life has made our city, state, and nation a better place to live.
Communities in every corner of the world including over 700 in the United States have honored Martin Luther King, Jr., because he was a great civil rights leader, a religious leader, and a great American leader. His life's work reminds us to pursue dignity for each individual, social, and economic equality, and justice for every American.
These values know no boundaries. They serve as a compass to guide our city daily on a path away from discrimination, racism, poverty, and injustice; they steer us towards justice, equality and freedom for all people who live, visit or call Portland home.
This commemoration connects Dr. Martin Luther King's belief and legacy to the daily life of our city. His message of international peace and fundamental fairness are ones we want to convey to our children. In honoring Dr. King we move Portland closer to realizing his dream of a more just and humane world by making it our own.
Injustice anywhere is a threat
to justice everywhere.