MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – The third Friday in January is reserved for remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and even though the pandemic rages on, that didn’t stop West Texans from celebrating.
“It’s humbling to know that you can be a part of something like this, and be able to create change and create positivity within the community,” Midland City Councilman John Norman said, following today’s virtual meeting.
The meeting was held by the Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club of Midland, who usually has their in-person event at the MLK Community Center in Midland. Today, it was held over Zoom.
Shirley Howard with the Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club of Midland says the values that Dr. King had, should be the ones we take with us today. She mentioned that it was Dr. King’s leadership during his life that impacted her the most.
For Treasurer Emma Threat, what impacted her was Dr. King’s commitment to educating children “about dreaming big dreams. They can be something bigger than themselves.”
“I’m proud of what he did, I think he was a great American and a patriot of our time you know?” Manuel Libario of Midland says. He continued to say that the fight for equality that Dr. King led, impacted all minorities, not just black Americans.
Many Americans spent today serving our community through volunteering. Councilman Norman says the best way to get involved is to find something your passionate about. He says if you want to find some places to volunteer, the city’s website has multiple places you can volunteer.
Everyone at today’s event would agree: Dr. King’s legacy will live on, but only through us; through volunteerism and involvement in government, we can keep his memory alive.