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Message of the Week

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Message of the Week

Dear Friends,

Each year, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and his service to the United States of America. This year, on the twentieth anniversary of the federal holiday honoring Dr. King, it is especially important to remember the vision, action and courage of this phenomenal man. January 16 is a day for Americans to serve their nation in admiration of Dr. King's legacy.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has been a role model to myself and countless others. I am relying on you to follow the example of Dr. King and our own leaders in Arizona by serving a cause greater than yourself. He believed that "everybody can be great because anybody can serve." On this day and every other, we will take his message to heart and make Martin Luther King Jr./Civil Rights Day an opportunity to serve.

Arizona has been fortunate to receive a $60,000 grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to fund Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service projects in communities throughout Arizona. As the only state to receive this grant, Arizona has the unique opportunity to turn Martin Luther King Jr. Day into an opportunity to serve. In addition, the Arizona Civil Rights Project awarded funds to nine Arizona communities so that they honor Dr. King by applying his teachings to tackle challenges confronting Arizona.

Dr. King spent most of his adult life fighting the forces of discrimination and oppression. We honor his legacy of sacrifice and devotion to the cause of equality and justice through non-violent means. He is a benefactor to all who enjoy the freedoms that this nation offers today. His work helped pave the way for legislation and action supporting civil rights. It is because of his efforts that America has truly become the land of greater equality and opportunity. His efforts have benefited us all.
This Monday, we remember a man who created change through perseverance, sacrifice and service. I hope that we can continue his legacy by making today "a day on, not a day off."

As always, if you have any questions or comments, please contact my office at 1-800-253-0883 and ask to speak to Constituent Services.

Yours very truly,

Janet Napolitano
Governor
governor@az.gov

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