The cold stiff wind did little to deter those attending the Martin Luther King parade in downtown Lancaster on Saturday afternoon. The annual parade and ceremony honors the life and work of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. The National observance of his birthday is on Monday, January 15th, 2018.
King was born January 15th, 1929 and assassinated in April 1968. His 1963 “I Have A Dream” speech has become one of his most referenced speech. His efforts to improve the relationships between all people continues through today, carried on by many who are inspired by his life and work.
After the parade, the City of Lancaster help a ceremony at the Barr St. Auditorium. The speaker for the event was Rev. Harold Harris. He is the senior pastor for Cedar Grove Baptist Church, Chester SC. He spoke of the need to remain hopeful. He identified that Hope was the primary reason we keep moving forward.
Jayda Galmish, and 8th grader from South Middle School was the Essay contest winner for middle schools. “Kindness is a very powerful thing, and it works like a chain reaction. You see a good deed, so you do a good deed. If we do better things, other people will do nice things as well.” Said Galmish as she read her essay.
Armani S. Reid a senior at Lancaster High School was the high school essay winner. “Creating a better world full of peace and unity starts within our hearts and minds. It’s having the urge to work with new groups of people and being a part of different environments.” She read from her essay.
Organizers were pleased with the turnout, and are looking forward to next year. In the efforts to honor King we are regularly reminded that the holiday is a day to serve others. Unlike other holidays where work is suspended for dinners and family gatherings, the MLK holiday is designed to give people not a day off work, but a day to devote to service of others. How will you serve others on Monday the 15th?