Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in Todd County

By: Ryan Dearbone Email
By: Ryan Dearbone Email

The civil rights pioneer would have turned 78 years old Monday, Jan. 15, 2007.

Even though Dr. King was killed in Memphis, Tenn. nearly 40 years ago, his message is still being heard throughout the world, including here in the Commonwealth.

Todd County citizens gathered today to commemorate King's life and help keep his dream alive.

"There has been a time that minorities didn't have much to look forward to but in this day and time, we find that we have a great deal to look forward to and that brings us hope for tomorrow," said John Leavell, who attended the event.

"Martin Luther King's total focus to us was on people. Actually the uplifting of people in all states of life," program's emcee, Stanley Russell said.

That's why the life of civil rights icon Martin Luther King is remembered.

" ... Because we need to recognize those that gave their lives for our benefits, that we might be able to have a better quality of life," Leavell said.

Kentucky Speaker of the House Jody Richards said King's influence was so powerful because its not limited to just one community.

"I think Dr. King has meant so much to all of us because he made America a better place to live, for all Americans of any race or nationality," Richards said.

"He wasn't just a black leader, although he was black. He was a
leader, a national leader," Russell said.

So those in the Todd County community say they feel its important to celebrate his "dream" every year.

"He was actually talking about a way of life. In order to convey this message, we must keep up these efforts," Russell said.

Here in Bowling Green, the annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast will take place Monday morning, Jan. 15, 2007, at 7:30 a.m. at Girls Inc. Tickets for the event are $10.

The traditional symbolic march from the Justice Center to State Street Baptist Church will happen at 10 a.m. in the morning. It will be followed by a service at 11 a.m., featuring keynote speaker Reverend William Hardy of Taylor Chapel A.M.E. Church.

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