Number 91-33
Description Establishing MLK Holiday
Authored by Clayton Starkweather
Sponsored by Danny George
Date Submitted Tuesday, October 22, 1991
Date Considered Tuesday, October 22, 1991
General Body Vote Thursday, January 1, 1970
Committee Student Affairs
Result n/a
Remarks No further information is available about this resolution.
Whereas The populatiuon of UTA is a multifaceted community of cultures and philosophies; and
Whereas Civil Rights Movement has given rise to broad recognition of freedoms, i.e. political, social, democratic, sexual, gender issues, speech, economic, educational and cultural rights; and
Whereas The rights movement in the United States is symbolized in the committment and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others who championed the democratic principles of equality and justice for all; and
Whereas The Federal Government declared in 1983 a legal public holiday to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and encourage ceremonies and activities to serve as a rememberance of the attainment and reality of diversity that we enjoy today as a product of the Civil Rights Movement; and
Whereas Many governmental, educational and business instituitioons including the State of Texas, Tarrant County, Dallas County, City of Arlington, TCU, SMU, UTD, UT Austin, and the Arlington School District will provide a day off in 1991 to recognize the work and ideals of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement; and
Whereas The academic schedule for the University of Texas at Arlington does not support a holiday to observe the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the issues of civil rights.
Be It Further Resolved That A recommendation by Student Congress be made to Dr. Baker or the appropriate committee who schedules the academic calendar, that the third Monday in January of each year be established as a UTA holiday for students, faculty , and staff as a day of reflection to commemorate the contributions and committments to the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. Martin Lutiher King Jr. and many others of all cultures, creeds and religions; and
Be It Further Resolved That The designation of the first UTA MLK Holiday will be in the year 1993.