Eastern Kentuckians Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

Monday was Martin Luther King Junior day, a day set aside to honor of the birth of the fallen civil rights leader.

"One day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character, I have a dream today," King said during his legendary 1963 speech.

January 15th is the nationwide celebration of the birth of Martin Luther King Junior. This year many gathered in eastern Kentucky to honor the peaceful civil rights leader.

"Teaching people to love one another not because of the color of their skin but because they respect each other," Veronica A. Oxford said.

"200,000 were gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on August 28th 1963,"
Two-hundred thousand people gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. On August 28th 1963.

Several residents of Hazard formed their own march on Moday.

King's "I have a dream" speech from 1963 still resonates in the minds of many.

"Martin Luther King is my hero, he changed our world," Josi Stidham said.

In 2007 the nation has come a long way with different races gathered together, but some say there is still more work to be done.

"As adults need to take the initiative to help our young people realize the dream," Corden Porter said.

78 years after the birth of Martin Luther King Jr. he's being honored with a celebration fit for a king.

Monday Hazard Community and Technical College presented their Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Humanitarian Award to Troy Body, the executive director of the governor's office of minority empowerment and a Harlan County native.


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