Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrated in Lafayette

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrated in Lafayette

Martin Luther King Jr.is one of three individuals who are honored with a US national holiday. Mostly because they're not just stocking shelves, but essentially creating a community center.

"It's the promise stitched into the fabric of our Nation, etched into the hearts of our people, and written into the soul of humankind", the post said, sharing an address in which Trump praised the "immortal words" of the late civil rights hero.

The organizing committee also got a jump start on preparations too. Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation hosts this event every year on the National Day of Service as a way to get families involved.

Two students from the NAACP Richmond Madison County High School Youth Chapter read a poem for the audience before Pastor Virgil Gardner brought tears to some people's eyes as he sang a cappella a song he learned from a time ago.

"They came together for a common ground, and it's all about Dr. King's message, and it's all love", Wall said.

"We are the ones who are carrying the torch who are going to pass it to the new generation and we have the opportunity to help them to understand morals, values, and ethics", McMicheaux said.

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The night's keynote speaker was Hon. His speech outlined his experiences as a Japanese- American imprisoned in an Internment Camp in Arizona during World War II.

Gurrola talked about the importance of teaching her students about King. "We can make our community a better place".

"I was there for that last march he had, March 28, 1968", said Reverend Dr. James Netters.

Youth participants were recognized for their involvement in this year's annual quiz bowl and pageant.

Cleary believes we celebrate King because his legacy is one that we can all learn from as we look down the road. We must continue the fight against police brutality, against discrimination of our brown brothers and sisters, against the sexual assault of our sisters and mothers, and we must also stop putting so many resources into locking up our children and put more resources into unlocking their minds. "It's all over social media so I feel like young people do actually hear it more because we're always on our phones".