Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Jack Kerouac was born Jean-Louis Lebris de Kerouac on March 12th, 1922 and was raised in the heart of Lowell’s French Canadian-American community; and

Whereas Kerouac found his voice as a young writer in Lowell and began writing about his immediate world, using his intellect and imagination to explore life’s beauty and tragedy as he created stories about his family, neighborhood and city; and

Whereas He published the family saga The Town and the City in 1950, followed by On the Road in 1957, which became a literary sensation and made him a cultural force in America; and

Whereas As he traveled the United States and the world, he wrote some thirty books of prose, poetry and essays that give us a piercingly honest account of his experiences, as well as those of his contemporaries; and

Whereas As a member of the Beat Generation, his “road books” present America as an enthusiastic and energetic nation and his “Lowell books” stand as a social history of a city that is a microcosm of multi-ethnic, urban America in the 1920s through the ‘40s, especially in his rendering of the people of French Canadian heritage in Massachusetts; and

Whereas Jack Kerouac has been recognized as one of the leading literary figures of the 20th century, and continues to be an inspiration to writers, musicians, painters and other artists around the nation and abroad,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim March 12th, 2012, to be

Jack Kerouac Day

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this eighth day of February, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.
               

His Excellency                  
Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts