City of Portland, Oregon
FROM: Mayor Terry D. Scrunk
SUBJECT: Death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The people of Portland join in expressing to Mrs. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the doctor’s family and associates deepest sympathy and serious concern for the tragedy which struck down this outstanding American leader at a time when the nation needed him most. We are gravely concerned with the viciousness of this dastardly act, and hope and pray that the individual or individuals responsible will be speedily apprehended and tried for this crime.
I have directed that the flags on city public buildings be flown at half staff through Sunday.
I call upon all churches in the Portland metropolitan area to observe in their Sunday services a memorial service to this leader, and to pray for responsible citizens across America to pick up the principles for which Dr. Martin Luther King gave his life, and to move forward in a rapid and orderly manner to bring about understanding and justice for all of our citizens, regardless of race, creed or color. The fine progress and advancement brought about by Dr. Martin Luther King and his associates must not be lost by additional acts of violence. The finest memorial to the good works of Dr. King will be a new awakening of all the American people to the fact that we have much work to do and we can and will accomplish these objectives through peaceful means by a concerned America.