Non-violent action is the most powerful, revolutionary force for social change resonates at the Black Historical Society 49th celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday at Bethel A.M.E. Church in Hope on Monday, January 15.
Non-violent action is the most powerful, revolutionary force for social change resonates at the Black Historical Society 49th celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday at Bethel A.M.E. Church in Hope on Monday, January 15. The theme was “Look Where We’ve Come From”.
President William Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site, Superintendent Tarona Armstrong was the keynote speaker.
“I believe that Martin Luther King’s dream was to have peace in the American society: To have equality between all people no matter what you look like, what their skin color or nationality; to have all people seen as equals and not discriminated against; to have an understanding that all men are created equal and are all the same to God, “Armstrong said.
A key part of King’s vision, aside from a quest for racial equality, was the idea of non-violence. He refused to use violent actions in any of his protests, and taught his followers to do the same. Based on the principles of Gandhi this factor of King’s beliefs and behavior was a major influence on society at the time.
Armstrong stated “I want to challenge you today while we’re celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday and think of our place in history today and ask yourself, which side of history you would stand on? We all know we still have a lot of problems, and that many of those problems can be traced to racism. You only have to read or watch the news, or log onto social media and see how injustice still affects our communities today. Don't be neutral. Make a promise to yourself to speak up when you see injustice.”
The program also consisted of songs from a community choir and prayer from Lue K. Montgomery and Rev. Jessie Henry.
The Black Historical Society and President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site was proud to celebrate the life and legacy of the civil rights leader and his message of inclusiveness and non-violence.