I am pleased to offer words of praise for you and the work that you have championed in Warren, Michigan, in your capacity as chief executive of that city. Personally, I know that it takes a leader with unwavering courage to embrace noble initiatives that are controversial in the minds of those who do not share your same convictions.  I am sure that your decision to observe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, for the first time in Warren, was met with considerable angst   However, you remained undeterred in your commitment in celebrating my father’s legacy as a tribute to him and the role he played in fighting, and, ultimately, sacrificing his life for the causes of freedom, justice and equality.

Again, thank you for all of that you have done in Warren to honor my father.

With warmest personal regards,

Bernice A. King Chief Executive Officer

The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Non-Violent Change, Inc.

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