Speaking at the foot of the capitol following the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. march, Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr called on state legislators to honor the late civil rights activist by ceasing their work on the holiday.
Following are her remarks:
Thank you for including me in your celebration. I am honored. But you should know if I had not become Mayor of the City of Cheyenne, I would not have been able participate in your walk today. It’s true. Because for over 20 years, my work was done at the Wyoming State Legislature.
And every January when they were in session, I was disappointed in their failure to pause their work – for one day – to honor the life of a man who brought hope and healing to our country.
My disappointment remains, as I wish I could be joined today by the 90 members of the Wyoming State Legislature who serve us all. As the Mayor of the Capitol City, of this Equality State, I call upon the future leadership of the Wyoming State Legislature to honor this day. The work will wait. Take pause – and walk – with us.