Mayors, community leaders reflect upon MLK's legacy

2013-08-29T15:10:00Z Mayors, community leaders reflect upon MLK's legacyContributed by City of Gary nwitimes.com
August 29, 2013 3:10 pm  • 

GARY | Yesterday commemorated the speech that captured the imagination of millions. Dr. King's speech still resonates in the hearts and minds of many and is still revered after five decades.

“Today, we commemorate the March on Washington, an event symbolic of a movement that changed this country and the entire world. As I reflect on this day in history and Dr. Martin King Jr.'s key role in this march, movement and the transformation of our country, I am moved by how far we have come, but concerned about how many more miles we have to travel. I hope we all use this day to challenge ourselves to do our part to right the wrongs that still exist. The overwhelming majority of right-thinking people understand that the continued disparities in education, health, housing, and employment prevent the objectives sought by marchers 50 years ago from becoming a reality and overshadow the progress of those of us who have benefited greatly from their sacrifice. I am eternally grateful for the ability to stand on the shoulders of trailblazers like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Shirley Chisholm, Barbara Jordan, Mayor Richard Gordon Hatcher and others and clearly understand my obligation to create a path for other whenever and wherever I can. Gary, Indiana is very blessed to occupy a place in the history of our country and the movement towards equality and change in this country.”

-Karen Freeman-Wilson

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