Paying Homage to Martin Luther King Jr

Paying Homage to Martin Luther King Jr

Killeen NAACP Branch President Pastor Samuel Powell Jr. said the group's participation in the march was to honor the legacy of King.

The celebration here has happened annually for 24 years. "When I say heart, we've got to appeal to his heart because there's something wrong - it seems to me - when you make comments that way". The volunteers were a mixture of students and community members that were brought together to work on localized projects and also to contribute to issues that take place worldwide. Among those alongside King was Reverend Fred Gibson - a Harrisonburg resident of almost five years before his death on Christmas Day, 2015.

In 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Fred Gibson and his wife moved to Harrisonburg in 2011.

The Martin Luther King Dare to Dream Association, Inc. held its 6 Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Dare to Dream Festival on Monday at Cascades Park inspiring the community to live out their dreams.

"Now, the problem is that you have a president who says things but has the power to execute and create racism. He worked through relationships". Nagel wants her two children to know about the civil rights movement and how Dr King helped to bring about change.

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“I think people are wrong if they think that Martin Luther King was exclusively fighting for equal rights for African-Americans.

Micah Breland, a former ISU football player, made the event more interesting by adding strong quotes from Martin Luther King Jr.in between the speeches and performances.

"Fred was my friend, and he always was very encouraging of me to stay active and to participate", Harrisonburg City Councilman Christopher Jones said.

His words appeared to do little to assuage the anger of pro-Haiti protesters who gathered down the street from the president's Florida retreat — or soften the criticism unleashed from podiums and pulpits across the nation on what would have been King's 89th birthday. A lunch followed the service. "Most of us who are undocumented are actually trying to fight for the right to become legal", said Wane, who lives in Syracuse, New York.

After several city leaders reflected King's non-violent crusade for justice, the Kings Elementary African American dance troupe ended the event with a dance to brighten up the foggy day.

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