Monday, 19 February, 2018

Closing Comments: The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

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Anna Jefferson | 17 January, 2018, 05:18

"I can imagine what it would have been like if my white teammates had seen a black face for the first time when I was there", said McElroy. Nagel wants her two children to know about the civil rights movement and how Dr King helped to bring about change. "Shut it down", they said. "Have things gotten better? Yes".

"There are many voices locally that are aspiring to move towards an equitable society", said Jerry Jones, Executive Director of the MLK Center.

We've read too many stories of alleged abuses and other racial incidences that sometimes get us discouraged about how far we've really come. "There are those who say that there are various races". "He represents the chance for a young African-American like myself to be able to do anything that I can that I put my mind to".

Students at North Carolina Central University are giving back for Martin Luther King's Day of Service at the university. Speakers urged attendees to carry forward the missive and the dream of King. One way to know him is to find one of his quotes that you might like.

"With our hearts open tonight to the spirit of unconditional love, we can indeed achieve the beloved community of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream", said the Rev. Melvin Terry.

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Mayor Danny Giefer echoed Washington's thoughts as he delivered the municipal address.

Over five years, more than 145,000 meals, 2,100 blankets and 200,000 diapers have been produced and shared with the community. Giefer believed the holiday should be used as a day of reflection. "And we just pay tribute to that and we're glad more people are starting to pay tribute to this day". "I would hope that Emporia is and will continue to be an inclusive town for all".

His message important to shape future generations.

"We're expecting to have approximately 19,000 hours served today with an accumulation of all the years we've been a part of it", said Angel Alls-Hall of the Center for Community and Civic Engagement at BGSU. Let's keep that alive. "So we have to talk to each other and discuss and even people who are on the other side, kind of talk to them and share viewpoints so that's what we are doing today".

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