Events to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day planned for Metro Detroit

Monday, 15 Jan, 2018

Organizers say there's no better way to honor Dr. King.

The second annual festival is created to honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s message, life and legacy.

Cardinal DiNardo quoted Dr. King's 1958 essay, in which the civil rights leader said: "Along the way of life, someone must have the sense enough and the morality enough to cut off the chain of hate". King was in Memphis supporting the sanitation workers' strike when he was slain at the Lorraine Motel. We still allow far too many young men to languish in prison without hope, when we should be offering them second chances.

Unfortunately, we have not yet attained the America for which Dr. King called. Sometimes the prophets we can not forget we memorialize. "We can not afford to dose", she added later in her remarks.

"King was asking for a major redistribution of wealth", Carson said. Those of us who identify as religious, and especially as Christian, would do well to attend not only to the political King but also to the prophetic pastor.

His historic "I Have a Dream" speech was delivered during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial.

Today, nearly 55 years later, we are still all too far from achieving Dr. King's dream.

Despite the progress over the past five decades that has brought us many firsts by African Americans - including one by me: I became the first African-American surgeon general of the U.S. Navy in 2007 - we have largely ignored the advance of racism across our land, even toward veterans. Rowell, 65, mows the grass, picks up litter and helps the elderly residents at the Ocean City Housing Authority's affordable-housing complexes.

"I was deeply aware of segregation - I grew up in South Carolina", Ingalls told the audience. The Rev. Michael L. Mitchell, presiding bishop of the 12th District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, will be keynote speaker.

"I will never talk to her ever again", she said. "He puts his whole heart into everything he does".

Some were interviewed in Atlanta, home to King's Ebenezer Baptist Church congregation and his office where Xernona Clayton organized protest marches and fundraisers.

Also at the ceremony, Julia Wilson, an Ocean City High School freshman, was honored for her support of the local American Legion and VFW posts.

Dr. Bernice King, was just four years old when her father was assassinated.

"Thank you so much".

Officials said the chapter has awarded $175,000 in scholarships to more than 100 boys in the last 26 years. Ganter focused on King's belief that the United States should be a place of racial harmony, "where you're no longer judged by the color of your skin".

The exhibit is about freedom and features victories and struggles from the Civil Rights Movement.

King, who was taken from us at the young age of 39, continues to act as an inspiration to our youth, challenging them to make changes in the world, their country, and their school. Despite the despair among so many following Trump's election through his "witches brew of bigotry, prejudice, half-truths and whole lies", Trump's election is not the death of King's dream.

"He was a ideal example of selfless servant leadership that I believe we all can learn to be a better person from".