Proclamation 5846 -- National Civil Rights Day, 1988
the President of the
people of the
The protection of our rights requires champions in every generation. Twenty-five years ago this month, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., led the March on Washington in the cause of civil rights and helped awaken among his fellow Americans a strong and true sense that justice, if it is to be genuine, must ever be color-blind. The anniversary of this event is a fitting time for all Americans to reflect on our achievements in this regard and to recall the need for continual vigilance and constant effort in behalf of the promise of equality for all.
One element of ensuring the promise of equality is effective enforcement of our civil rights laws. Discrimination and prejudice have no place in American life. The more we continue to eliminate all traces of injustice from our land and to foster brotherhood, the more we can truly sing, ``from every mountainside, let freedom ring.''
Congress, by House Joint Resolution 140, has designated
Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the
Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twelfth day of August, in the
year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-eight, and of the
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