Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Remembering the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The City of Tacoma celebrated the 27th Annual birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this past weekend and was held in downtown on January 19, 2015 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center that drew a crowd of more than 2,000 people.

Many came to the event in a solidarity march with a performance that included several choirs,  several artists depicting the days in the life of the civil rights leader and impassioned words from representatives. This annual celebration was created as a reminder of Dr. King's legacy focusing on the words he once spoke, "Life's most persistent and urgent question, 'What are you doing for others?'"

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray also spoke, “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve,’” Murray said, quoting a King speech. “Let’s take Dr. King up on that challenge for greatness.” Murray urged the community leaders to expand educational opportunities for all and stressed that we should all find a way to serve in our community. Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy and South Sound Democratic congressmen Denny Heck and County Councilmen Derek Kilmer along with Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland were also among the representatives who spoke.

This January let us remember the legacy of our American hero - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by conscientiously living his dream of equality and service.

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