MIDLAND, TX (Big 2/ Fox 24) – Hundreds of Midlanders gathered to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Martin Luther King Center.
Many Midlanders gathered together at the Martin Luther King Center to celebrate his legacy, and many say it’s a day to bring everyone from different races together.
“We need to remind the generation that’s coming on Dr. King’s dream,” Lela Mcanry, chair of MLK committee. “One day, we will be judged by our charter and not the color of our skin; many people think it’s a black holiday, but Dr. King was for everyone; it’s a holiday for all of us to celebrate.”
The National Association Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club of Midland INC. has been gathering Midlanders on this day for 6 years in hopes of educating the community, especially the younger generation.
“The young people don’t take the time now to read for themselves, and we want to encourage them to continue to read and learn about the ancestors as well what goes on in the social life,” Shirley Howard, The National Association Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club of Midland INC. “So I think it’s important to keep alive and mentoring them and reference to studying and learning more about the culture.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Was a civil rights activist in the 1950s and 1960s. He hoped America and the world could become what many call a colorblind society.
“He was a person that loved everybody; he had a heart for everybody,” Mcanry says. “We’re trying to pass that on in our community by serving and having a heart for others and teaching generations to come.”