Winnie Anne Wright
January 20, 2014
Valdosta, GA - Mathis Auditorium in Valdosta welcomed residents to celebrate the life of MLK Monday.
The local chapter of the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee hosted their Annual Youth Showcase. Guest speakers, dance, and vocal performances hit the stage, all in honor of the late Civil Rights leader.
Committee Member, Samuel Clemons, says he hopes today's showcase resonates with the children of the community.
"It's very important for our youth to understand how far we've come and how far we have to go. We never want to let the dream die. We've got to keep the dream alive for Dr. King because we feel that he made a lot of sacrifices for our society."
Guest speakers told stories of pain, pressure, and promise for the future.
One guest speaker says Dr. King's message is something we should carry with us all year long, not just on the holiday.
"I'm just thankful for all that he did for us. And all that we can continue to do for ourselves. So that black people, African Americans, Caucasians, everybody is able to come together, to unify, to make this a better world", says Nasier Vasquez, a Youth Speaker.
As part of their celebration, the MLK Committee will also be hosting a canned food drive to benefit the local food bank. For more information, please call 229-834-6666.