Nearly fifty years after the march on Washington, Dr. Martin Luther King’s teachings continue ringing as loud as church bells.
SC4 along with the Times Herald and the Port Huron branch of the NAACP held the ninth annual Martin Luther King Day celebration Jan. 17 in SC4’s Fine Arts Theater.
Master of ceremonies Reverend Tony Miller started the night by offering some uplifting words and reminding people how important it is to come together as a community.
Other speakers included Geri Kimbro, member of SC4’s Diversity Advisory Council; NAACP Port Huron branch president Jerilyn Brown; and Port Huron mayor Pauline Repp.
Mrs. Kimbro, who is “old enough to remember marching with Dr. King in the 1960’s” and was in the USMC in the 1950’s said it was the “finest hour at SC4.”
As to why they have this event every year Mrs. Kimbro said, “It’s the importance of learning how Dr. King got justice for people in a world of injustice.” She went on to say that every year with new generations, it is important to remind them of Dr. King and his dream.
A recitation of I “Have a Dream,” a speech first given by Dr. King on the steps of the Lincoln memorial in 1963, was a major highlight of the night. A saxophone solo, interpretive dance numbers, plays showing the progress of the equal rights movement, and poetry were just a few other highlights from the night; with the finale being the audience joining hands while singing We Shall Overcome.
“Fantastic, it’s great to see all the participation and an honor to participate said mayor Pauline Repp.
Dr. King’s dream still lives today, but for it to succeed people need to take Dr. King’s teachings and apply them to their everyday lives. As the struggle continues even today it is only when we break down color and other barriers that we will achieve true equality.