Proclamation on Mossadegh Day, May 2 , By Governor George Ryan, Illinois.
The following is the Proclamation by Governor of the State of Illinois, George H. Ryan, proclaiming May 2, 2001, as DR. MOHAMMAD MOSSADEGH DAY in Illinois. May 2, 2001 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Dr.
Mossadegh's first day of premiership: May 2, 1951.
State of Illinois
WHEREAS, Mohammad Mossadegh, Mahatma Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela are national heroes for Iran, India, and South Africa, as well as international symbols of perseverance and civility and advocates of justice and democracy; and
WHEREAS, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson in the United States and Mahatma Gandhi in India led the fight for Independence from Britain, and Mohammad Mossadegh led the Iranian movement against the British colonialism in achieving the nationalization of the Iranian oil; and
WHEREAS, for the occasion of the 50th anniversary of democratic election of Premier Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh, Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago is hosting a conference titled "Mossadegh and the future of Iran"; and
WHEREAS, numerous scholars and experts of Iran, Mossadegh, and Oil and British Colonial Politics will present their views to the conference from four different continents and various American universities; and
WHEREAS, many Iranian-American scholars and scientists contribute to our educational and research institutions as faculty members, department chairs, and deans at Northeastern Illinois University;
THEREFORE, I, George H. Ryan, Governor of the State of Illinois, proclaim May 2, 2001, as DR. MOHAMMAD MOSSADEGH DAY in Illinois.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Illinois to be affixed.
Done at the Capital in the City of Springfield, this FIRST day of MARCH, in the Year of Our Lord two thousand and ONE, and of the State of Illinois the one hundred and EIGHTY-THIRD
[SEAL of the STATE of ILLINOIS]
George H. Ryan (Governor of the State of Illinois)
Jesse White (Secretary of the State of Illinois)