SGI PRESIDENT DAISAKU
HON. HENRY C. ‘‘HANK’’ JOHNSON, JR.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES"
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Mr. JOHNSON of Georgia. Madam Speaker
Whereas, SGI President Dr. Daisaku Ikeda visited Chicago in 1960, witnessed the discriminatory mistreatment of an African-American boy in Lincoln Park, and made a vow in his heart, ‘‘I promise you that I will build a societ truly worthy of your love and pride!’’; and
Whereas, this year marks 49 years of Dr. Ikeda’s dedication to the peace and happiness of all humanity through peace, culture and education; and pledge to construct a peaceful world where individuals from all walks of life feel safe and secure while developing their fullest potential for the sake of their families and the greater good of society; and
Whereas, on January 19th we honor and celebrate a noble and heroic life of Martin Luther King Jr., whose legacy was to secure not only civil rights but human moral rights for all people as expressed in his own words, ‘‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’’
Whereas, 40 years after the passing of Dr. King, we witness on this day the inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama as 44th President of the United States, filled with confidence in the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the prayers and efforts of countless ordinary heroes
who believed that this day would one day be possible, expressed in President Obama’s words, ‘‘This is your victory!’’
Whereas, in my capacity as a member of the United States Congress, I would like to acknowledge these behind the scenes efforts of one such extra-ordinary hero by recognizing, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, as an Emissary peace and justice."