SPRINGFIELD, IL â€“ Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th) secured the Senateâ€™s adoption of a resolution designating every May 19 as Malcolm X Day in Illinois. The day provides an occasion to reflect on the advocacy and values of Malcolm X and engage in community service.
Collins issued the following statement on her resolution honoring the civil rights leader and urging Illinoisans to serve their communities in his memory:
Both the city of Chicago, where Malcolm X often spoke and worked, and communities throughout the state need to hear his message of human rights, the equality of all people and power in the service of justice. I am excited about the potential of Malcolm X Day to inspire more of us to commit to serving our neighbors.
According to the Serve Illinois Commission, Illinois’ two and a half million volunteers serve 320 million hours each year, contributing the equivalent of $7.2 billion of time and effort to their communities. Malcolm X Day presents an opportunity not only to promote service and inspire all our residents to lend a helping hand to others, but to link volunteer opportunities to our core values of equality and justice. Community service is a pathway to a transformed society where we respect and act on our shared human dignity.
During my time in public service, I have stood on the shoulders of the great men and women of the Civil Rights Movement, and it is an honor to continue the struggle for equality and justice today, hand in hand with people of goodwill from many traditions, faiths and backgrounds. Malcolm X was a powerful voice for the values that should unite all of us – Christian, Muslim, of any other faith or of no faith. I draw strength from his words of clarity and action.