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Martin Luther King Jr. Advisory Council Celebrates Unveiling of Martin Luther King Jr. Statue on State Capitol Grounds
August 28, 2017 (Atlanta, GA) – During a ceremony on the grounds of the State Capitol this morning, Gov. Nathan Deal unveiled a memorial statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The statue – a bronze, 8-foot-tall figure, standing on a 36” pedestal made of Georgia granite – is the culmination of a joint effort to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King.
“Dr. King believed that individuals have a duty to serve others and make a contribution to their communities,” said State Sen. Emanuel Jones, Chairman of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Advisory Council. “It is physical memorials, like the one unveiled today, that ensure his legacy lives on and that stand as a lasting reminder of the principles of nonviolence, peace, and social justice that Dr. King sought to promote.”
The historic project began in April 2014 when Gov. Deal signed a bill authorizing placement of a statue honoring King at the State Capitol. In March 2015, Gov. Deal appointed State Rep. Calvin Smyre as chief liaison for fund-raising efforts to create and erect the statue. In June 2016, Atlanta-based sculptor Martin Dawe was announced as the artist for the project. The project was executed by the Governor’s Office, the Capitol Arts Standards Commission, the Georgia Building Authority, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Advisory Council, which is housed at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
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About the Martin Luther King Jr. Advisory Council
On May 9th, 2011, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed the bill to create the Martin Luther King, Jr. Advisory Council, which consists of nine Georgians serving four-year terms. At the signing, Gov. Deal noted, “When Americans observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day each January, the nation’s eyes turn toward Georgia. This gives us an opportunity to showcase our state’s critical role in the civil rights movement, but it also obligates us to do everything we can to preserve the memory and continue the work of our native son, Dr. King. The Martin Luther King Jr. Advisory Council plays a leading role in the effort to celebrate one of the greatest Georgians of all time for generations to come.” Supported by the Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, it is the duty of this council to promote the principles of nonviolence, peace, social justice and awareness of the civil rights movement espoused by the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr.
About the Georgia Department of Community Affairs
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) partners with communities to create a climate of success for Georgia’s families and businesses through community and economic development, local government assistance, and safe and affordable housing. Using state and federal resources, DCA helps communities spur private job creation, implement planning, develop downtowns, generate affordable housing solutions, and promote volunteerism. DCA also helps qualified low- and moderate-income Georgians buy homes, rent housing, and prevent foreclosure and homelessness. For more information, visit www.dca.ga.gov.