Dorch­ester hon­ors Dr. King’s legacy

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By VIC­TO­RIA WINGATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

HURLOCK — Dorch­ester County res­i­dents cel­e­brated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mon­day morn­ing, Jan. 16, at the 6th an­nual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Com­mu­nity Prayer Break­fast.

Dorch­ester County Public Schools As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent for In­struc­tion Dr. Lorenzo Hughes served as the guest speaker for the event hosted by Hurlock United Methodist Church.

In many cases, the ob­ser­vance of King’s work on this fed­eral hol­i­day fo­cuses on the “I Had A Dream” speech, Hughes noted. He, how­ever, elected to build his mes­sage from King’s “Let­ter from Birm­ing­ham Jail” in ac­cor­dance with the event’s theme — “In­jus­tice Any­where is a Threat to Jus­tice Ev­ery­where.”

“It is dan­ger­ous to know the in­jus­tices that ex­ist and not to say any­thing about it,” Hughes said. “The fight for jus­tice is not a spec­ta­tor sport. We can’t sit on the side­lines and watch. We have to be en­gaged. Right now, it’s hap­pen­ing to some­one else, but if unchecked it’s just a mat­ter of time be­fore it hap­pens to us.”

Hughes’ mes­sage en­cour­aged each lis­tener with the fol­low­ing ex­am­ples to “find the King in you,” by be­ing con­scious, con­cerned and

com­mit­ted as King was.

King was con­scious and aware of the in­jus­tices peo­ple faced not only in his own city, but also all over the coun­try. He got in­volved in events such as the Mont­gomery Bus Boy­cott and the Birm­ing­ham cam­paign.

“In 2017, in­jus­tices and in­equities are hap­pen­ing right be­fore our eyes,” Hughes said. “Par­ents and teach­ers are hard pressed to give an ex­pla­na­tion to kids who un­der­stand the con­cepts of fair and just, and don’t un­der­stand how cer­tain things can hap­pen.

“With the ad­vent of tech­nol­ogy, in­for­ma­tion is in­stan­ta­neous. Dr. King didn’t have the lux­ury of that, but he was able to mo­bi­lize and gal­va­nize the peo­ple. He was aware of what was go­ing on. How aware are we? Are we con­scious?”

King was con­cerned and de­lib­er­ate about his care for oth­ers, said Hughes, not­ing the eu­logy he gave for four young girls killed in a church bomb­ing in Birm­ing­ham and his in­volve­ment in the Mem­phis San­i­ta­tion Work­ers Strike in 1968.

Hughes ref­er­enced Matthew chap­ter 25, ask­ing, “While we en­joy eco­nomic pros­per­ity, what are we do­ing to serve the least of these?”

King was com­mit­ted and en­gaged in the fight for equal­ity for the sake of ever yone.

“Are we com­mit­ted to erad­i­cat­ing in­jus­tice?” Hughes said. “How will­ing are we to take di­rect ac­tion when we see peo­ple suf­fer­ing in­jus­tices? Are we cau­tious and will­ing to main­tain the sta­tus quo, or are we coura­geous and will we fight the good fight?

“With the King in you, just go in there and fight the good fight, and don’t worry about it be­cause the Lord will be with you.”

Hughes re­lated King’s mes­sage to the present day, and more specif­i­cally the present po­lit­i­cal cli­mate in the United States, say­ing that King agreed with the no­tion that we need to make Amer­ica great.

He quoted King say­ing, “Ev­ery­body can be great, be­cause ev­ery­body can serve. You don’t have to have a col­lege de­gree to serve. You don’t have to have to make your sub­ject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aris­to­tle to serve. You don’t have to know Ein­stein’s The­ory of Rel­a­tiv­ity to serve. You don’t have to know the se­cond the­ory of ther­mal dy­nam­ics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul gen­er­ated by love.”

“Dr. King wanted Amer­ica to be great, and he did an ex­cel­lent job of defin­ing it,” Hughes said. “If we don’t take ac­tion from leav­ing here, what have we done? We can’t be cau­tious, we have to be coura­geous. There’s a King in you. I need you to awaken the King in you. It’s time for us to be con­scious, con­cerned and com­mit­ted.”

Mu­si­cal se­lec­tions were per­formed by mem­bers from the North Dorch­ester Mid­dle School, led by their in­struc­tor Kevin Lewis. The Youth MIME Min­istry for Christ group from Unity Wash­ing­ton United Methodist Church also per­formed for guests.

PHOTO BY VIC­TO­RIA WINGATE

Dr. Lorenzo Hughes, As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent for In­struc­tion for Dorch­ester County Public Schools, was the guest speaker at the 6th an­nual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Com­mu­nity Prayer Break­fast in Hurlock Mon­day, Jan. 16.

PHOTO BY VIC­TO­RIA WINGATE

A few of the mem­bers of the North Dorch­ester Mid­dle School Cho­rus, along with their di­rec­tor Kevin Lewis, per­formed sev­eral songs at the 6th an­nual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Com­mu­nity Prayer Break­fast in Hurlock Mon­day, Jan. 16.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Unity Wash­ing­ton United Methodist Church’s Youth MiMe for Christ group per­formed at the 6th an­nual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Com­mu­nity Prayer Break­fast in Hurlock Mon­day, Jan. 16.

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