Daley Asks Buildings To Use Blue Lights On King’s Birthday

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Richard M. Daley asked the owners of downtown buildings to use blue lighting next week to symbolize peace in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

Daley joined religious leaders and other community groups that have been pushing the initiative to honor King’s birthday during the week of Jan. 14-21.

“Every year at this time, we pause to think about the contribution the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King made to our society and to recommit ourselves to the work of achieving his dream of fairness, equality and opportunity for all people,” Daley said. “There is no greater barrier to achieving that dream than the violence that too many Chicagoans face in their neighborhoods every day,”

Rev. Michael Pfleger, pastor of Saint Sabina church, originated the lighting idea and joined Daley at a City Hall press conference to discuss the initiative. Representatives from the Building Owners and Managers Association of Chicago, the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence and Purpose Over Pain – a group of parents of young murder victims – also attended the press conference.

“We need only reflect on the horrible killings in Arizona this week to understand once again that it is the responsibility of every one of us to make our city a safer place,” Daley said. “Some people seem to think that violence is just something that happens when you live in a big city. Well, I disagree. We don’t have to accept the violence.”

Daley noted that in 2010, homicides in Chicago totaled 435 – the lowest number since 1965.

“That’s good news, but of little comfort to me and those who have lost their loved ones,” he said.

(The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.)

  • Sean OHara

    Do you really think that blue lights are going to keep somebody from pulling the trigger, gimme a break, forget the blue lights and spend the money on some jobs..

  • RJ

    To Mayor Daley, shut the hell up, no one cares what you think!

  • Fed up

    I thing it is symbolic for blue lights on the birthday of one of the wonder race. After all blue light symbolizes police and who gets more police service while being the problem and not the solution.

  • Rand E. Gerald

    So! How much money will the city waste changing light bulbs for a single day? Oh well! It’s not like the POLITICIANS have to pay for it – just the TAXPAYERS. Remember this when Chicago comes asking for a bailout.

  • michael pfleger

    Just one question , for all ypur negative comments, can any of you tell me what your doing to make a more peaceful society! Mike Pfleger

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