Dorchester honors Dr. King’s legacy
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.
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.
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.
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.