Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Celebrations honoring the legacy of American civil rights icon Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began today in Punta Gorda.  The Blanchard House Museum hosted their 12th Annual MLK Community Breakfast.  This Monday, celebrate the MLK Parade in Punta Gorda sponsored by Macedonia Human Services Cultural Training Center, Inc.

Blanchard House Museum
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast

Attendees cited this as one of the most inspirational gatherings with powerful messages from main speaker FGCU President Michael Martin Ph.D. and Nellson Moore.

Nellson Moore’s Invocation:
Today we gather together as a community in a new wave of racial awareness, racial awakening, racial connecting making new meaning shifting the old ethos.

Today we seek more than solidarity and harmony. We seek inclusion. We seek reconciliation. We seek justice for all people. We give thanks that we are together this morning to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

As we remember Dr. King let us also remember all the women and men who put their bodies and lives on the line to advance the cause of freedom.

Freedom comes at a cost. Dr. King showed us a way to pay that cost.

Racism, homophobia, ageism, sexism, ableism, classism, and nationalism often prevent us from fully knowing one another and creating the beloved community spoken of by Dr. King.

May his work, through us, continue to eradicate injustice wherever and whenever it appears.

May we fulfill his dream and speak out even if we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. Please let the spirit of Dr. King flow through our daily living.

May we have the courage of Dr. King as we stand up for equality and truth. We can live the dream and reach the mountain top together. May it be so. Amen.