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4.041rr <br /> ( .) <br /> Honda <br /> Proclamation <br /> WHEREAS, the City of Ocoee is dedicated to cultural diversity and the ability for all citizens to <br /> exercise their right to vote; and <br /> WHEREAS, the historical record clearly shows that African-American residents of West <br /> Orange County in and around what later became the City of Ocoee were <br /> grievously denied their civil rights, their properties, and their very lives in a series <br /> of unlawful acts perpetrated by a white mob and governmental officials on <br /> November 2, 1920, and the following weeks simply because they tried to vote, as <br /> any eligible citizen should be able to do, including such prominent local leaders <br /> as Moses Norman and Julius Perry; and <br /> WHEREAS, the historical record also reveals that no African-American persons resided in the <br /> City of Ocoee for the following 60 years, leading to the area being referred to as <br /> a "sundown city"; and <br /> WHEREAS, the City of Ocoee seeks to express its regret and horror at the events of <br /> November 1920 while recognizing the more recent efforts of local leaders and <br /> citizens of all cultures to create a diverse community open to all residents and <br /> visitors; and <br /> WHEREAS, the population of the city is now highly diverse "sunrise city," with African- <br /> Americans being a large portion of the population; and <br /> WHEREAS, the City opposes all efforts to divide its citizens on the basis of color, creed, <br /> religion, national origin, cultural or political beliefs; and <br /> WHEREAS, the City believes that remembering and honoring those individuals who were <br /> killed, injured, driven from their homes, and had their property taken from them is <br /> a core requirement for ensuring that such acts do not occur again; and <br /> WHEREAS, the City's Human Relations Diversity Board has developed language for an <br /> historic marker describing the events of November 1920 and the City's efforts to <br /> change the community culture that allowed and encouraged those atrocities; and <br /> WHEREAS, the City Commission of the City of Ocoee has the desire and authority to erect <br /> such a marker in a public place so that all visitors may recall and consider the <br /> events of November 1920 and jointly vow to never allow such a cultural divide to <br /> exist in the community. <br /> NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF <br /> OCOEE, that the City shall erect a suitable historical marker in a public space that will describe <br /> the tragic events of November 1920; that November 2"d shall be declared a day of <br /> remembrance for those residents of Ocoee and West Orange County who lost their lives and <br /> property through an act of domestic terror; and that any future public cultural event held by the <br /> City during the first week of November shall acknowledge the terrible events of November 1920 <br /> that sought to disenfranchise a group of citizens and shall emphasize the community's need for <br /> cultural diversity. Let it be known that Ocoee shall no longer be the sundown city but the <br /> sunrise city, with the bright light of harmony, justice, and prosperity shining upon all our citizens. <br /> IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my <br /> hand and caused the Seal of the City of Ocoee, <br /> Florida to be affixed this 20`h day of November, <br /> 2018. <br /> 4Ru6 tg Jahn/son,Cn, Jfta jo l <br />