Community honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., at observance

| January 25, 2013 | 0 Comments
Sgt. 1st Class Elray Dumas (left), Equal Opportunity adviser, and Sgt. Maj. Julio Padilla, senior enlisted leader, Supply, both with the 94th AAMDC, read about the history of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., during a special observance, Jan. 16. More than 200 Soldiers, civilians and family members gathered to honor Dr. King and his legacy.

Sgt. 1st Class Elray Dumas (left), Equal Opportunity adviser, and Sgt. Maj. Julio Padilla, senior enlisted leader, Supply, both with the 94th AAMDC, read about the history of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., during a special observance, Jan. 16. More than 200 Soldiers, civilians and family members gathered to honor Dr. King and his legacy.

Story and photo by
Sgt. Elizabeth Cole
305th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
9th Mission Support Command

The powerful words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. rang through the ears of more than 200 Soldiers, civilians and family members at a special observance honoring his legacy, here, Jan. 16.

The Trinity Missionary Baptist Church choir entertained guests with spiritual folk songs, while Sgt. 1st Class Jerry Maynard, Equal Opportunity advisor, 9th Mission Support Command, recited Dr. King’s compelling “I Have a Dream” speech, moving attendees to their feet in applause.

“This observance is a celebration of Dr. King’s legacy as a civil rights leader and activist and the dramatic impact he had on race relations in America,” said Lt. Col. Frederick Levine, Equal Opportunity program manager, 9th MSC. “It focuses on his influence and the struggles of not just African-Americans, but others who fought and died for the progression of race relations.”

Dr. Dwayne Priester, guest speaker for the event, asked guests to think about the effect their actions can have on others around them.

“If we treat our brother with less than a sense of equality, we send a blow not just to him, but to generations after him,” said Priester. “It’s not just about blacks. It’s not just about whites. It’s about all humanity. It’s a moral commitment that we have to make.”

Col. John Cardwell, acting commander, 9th MSC, said that the day’s event helped him to think about the small things he can do that will have a big impact on his Soldiers, and why it is important to learn from the past.

“We can sometimes have short memories. It is important to take a moment to reflect on the past and gain historical context, so we never have to relearn the hard lessons of the past,” said Cardwell.

“We want people who attended the observance to continue Dr. King’s dream and honor the life of a man who stood for nonviolence and changed the mindset of this country,” added Levine.

As the observance concluded, guests were challenged to continue the legacy of Dr. King and to “Remember! Celebrate! Act!”

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