Members of the community gathered for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast Monday morning in Mounds. The gathering, held at St. Raphael’s Hall, featured music, keynote speaker Rev. Kevin Anthony, and breakfast catered by Barbara Snow.
Master of Ceremony Bishop Derek Eurales opened the memorial with a prayer and the singing of the Negro National Anthem. All in attendance joined in, starting the ceremony on a positive note.
The annual ceremony was sponsored by the Pulaski and Alexander County branches of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The NAACP was formed in 1909 as a civil rights organization aiming to improve the educational, social, and economic status of minority groups.
“We come to honor the dream because the struggle continues,” said Eurales.
The life and achievemnets of Martin Luther King Jr. were honored and remembered on the 85th anniversary of his birthday.
Many in the community saw the breakfast as a place to not only remember but educate. Younger attendees were treated to a healthy dose of history and culture with their meal of eggs, bacon, and sausage. Local attendee Lenora Clark remarked on the importance of instilling the values Dr. King purveyed.
“We need more youth to take an interest in those who came before them and made the lives they live possible,” said Clark. “King was a rare and timeless example of someone worth molding your own life from.” Keynote speaker Kevin Anthony spoke of the many struggles that dictated the lives of those who fought for the right to be treated equally.
“Many forget exactly what people went through to attain freedom for the present,” said Anthony.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lives on through his wisdom and teachings, inspiring people across the world. His message of unity and equal rights has carried far beyond his own life.
King is most widely known for his famous advancement of the civil rights movement and the “I Have a Dream” speech he delivered at a peaceful protest on the steps of the Lincoln Monument.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. on March 29, 1968. In 1983 President Regan signed a bill designating King’s birthday a federal holiday.
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