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FAIRFAX, CA — Newly elected Fairfax Mayor Stephanie Hellman in a message to town residents Tuesday honored Martin Luther King Jr. and called on residents to follow the slain civil rights leader’s example of committing to serving others amid a time of need.
Hellman's message was published in the town's newsletter.
“Yesterday, we honored Martin Luther King Jr. Day,” Hellman’s message read.
“As I reflected on his legacy, his mission and his notion of ‘beloved community’ I realized that there are many ways we honor his memory including a holiday from school and work, monuments, and parks. Perhaps, as we enter our 3rd year of COVID with so many issues we face locally and as a nation that we have no control over, the best way to honor this extraordinary leader is through service.”
Fairfax’s top elected official cited a 1957 speech in which King told a Montgomery, Alabama audience "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?' "
“Commitment to community is one of the values I believe we universally share, and it’s one of things I love most about living here,” Hellman said.
“We have tremendous capacity for compassion and spirit of good will towards All. Proceeding into this new year may we all set an intention and feel a call to action to volunteer, to help, to serve, to give in some way in contribution to the cause for creating 'beloved community.' ”