Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day through remembrance

Published: Jan. 18, 2021 at 8:24 PM CST
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -On Jan. 18, nationwide, Americans honored the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He noted the importance of building up one’s community, which is why Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day is the only federal holiday designed as a day of service. People are encouraged to voluntarily improve their communities on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day.

King’s speeches resonated with more than just one community of people. The action behind Dr. King’s iconic “I have a dream speech” was intended to bring unity year-round, not just one day.

In our community, King’s ideas are illustrated by people educating themselves and maintaining unity among everyone.

“This is the day we want to make a change and be more united as one group,” said First Church of God Pastor Willie Roberts. “Not as Democrats or Republicans, but as one group people in Christ.”

Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was an ordained minister at the age of 19.

“He wanted people to know where they were spiritual, so that is what people need to look at today,” said Roberts.

The “I have a dream speech” may hold different meanings to people. King’s words inspired positive change that can be seen in the world today.

“Everyone has person a dream, no matter who they are or their background,” said Roberts. “Have you given up on your dream? Have you let someone take your dream and give you someone else’s?”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have been 92 years old on Jan. 15. He was killed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968.

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