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Commentary | Jan. 12, 2009

Base prepares to honor Dr. King's legacy

By Mrs.Chessie Ricks Langley African-American Heritage Committee

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is the most prolific civil rights figure of our time.

His pursuit of human equality, based on the intrinsic values of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights is known throughout the world. This Nobel Peace Prize winner opened the eyes and hearts of a nation through dynamic speeches and demonstrations.

Although this world lost Dr. King to that force he fought so strongly against, his legacy still lives on in the hearts and minds of all of those who believe in justice and non-violence as a means for social change. 

His unending dedication and policy of nonviolence was a dominate force in the civil rights movement. Through courage and selfless devotion Dr. King' s work brought about life-altering changes that we all have derived benefit from. His charismatic leadership inspired men and women, young and old, and of every nationality to stand in unity and fight against the threats of injustice.

The Langley African-American Heritage Committee has taken the lead on planning the celebration to coincide with the federally-observed Martin Luther King holiday. The theme for 2009 is "Remember! Act! Celebrate! A Day On, Not a Day Off!"

Langley's observance is scheduled for Jan. 16 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the chapel annex. The event will feature poetic readings, recitations of parts of Dr. King' s speeches and guest speaker Mr. Gerard Ruff, Cornerstone Assembly pastor. For more information, call Mrs. Chessie Ricks at 225-6631.