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Mapp Pays Tribute To MLK On Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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                    Gov. Kenneth Mapp

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day which means all federal and territorial government offices are closed.

The day celebrates the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., which is Jan. 15. The holiday is observed on the third Monday of January.

King was assassinated in 1968, but it wasn’t until 1983 during the Reagan administration that the holiday was established.

After the bill passed in 1983, the holiday started being officially observed in 1986.

Having one’s birthday as a national holiday was an honor that at that time had only belonged to George Washington.

Gov. Kenneth Mapp weighed in on the holiday today.

“On this day that we honor and pay tribute to a great man who lived among us, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I urge all to remember that he was, above all else, a man of faith,” Mapp said. “When the issues of social injustice, rooted in historic discrimination based on race, were among the greatest challenges facing this nation and the world, Dr. King inspired millions to overcome them with the faith that righteousness will prevail.”

The governor said that “it was that powerful message that emboldened the oppressed and the just, while shaming the vain and powerful.”

“The strategy was simple, yet successful in advancing what is now a more unified agenda for progress and peace,” he said. “We truly honor Dr. King’s legacy when we choose to love justice over might, peace over war, service to mankind over domination, and to do so with the faith that the high moral ground is ultimately the most secure and most worthy of defending.”

“Even from the mountain of despair, we can hew a stone of hope”. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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