Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By: Philip Stewart
By: Philip Stewart

January 15, 2006

Today Dr. Martin Luther King would have turned 77 years old. At Charlottesville high school there was music, prayer, and celebration this evening. All in memory of Dr. King.

King is the author of famous words spoken more than 40 years ago and celebrated in Charlottesville today.

Cindy Stratton has helped organize the event for the last 22 years.

"It's something that we have to be continually committed to because it's so easy to forget the struggle and what it has meant to so many people," said Stratton.

Today's key speaker, Reverend L. Tyrone Crider, had a message for the young people.

"I think this generation should at least see Dr. King's dream didn't begin in '63 with a speech,"said Crider, a pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Chicago. "It began while he was young, his commitment to self-development, he got himself together first, he prepared himself and then he went to challenge the nation and the world."

Dr. King challenged the world, but as the Reverend points out there are still challenges for the African-American community today.

"In terms of health insurance, in terms of quality education, decreasing the murder rate and the crime rate, and racial hatred in various places and so there's still a lot of work to be done to make the dream a reality," he said.

Reverend Crider has been involved with a number of civil rights activists, including Reverend Jesse Jackson.

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