Jersey City residents reflect on Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

4 Leadership Lessons From MLK.

Whether they were refurbishing schools, working in community gardens or participating in a peace march, students and residents spent the commemorative day engaged in their community. Once a week, ABC late night host Jimmy Kimmel sends his cameras out onto the streets of L.A. to ask pedestrians ridiculous questions for a segment called “Lie Witness News.” On Monday, his crew went out to ask people about Dr.JERSEY CITY — Yesterday on Martin Luther King Drive in Jersey City — the street that shares its name with the civil rights leader whose memory is commemorated every third Monday in January — it was business as usual.One after another, pastors and civic leaders spoke Monday of police brutality and racism and of how decades after the civil-rights movement, the problems still linger, the feelings still raw.

In Anaheim, about 400 students from South Junior High signed up to refurbish the school campus and tend to a community garden alongside volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and the United Way. In Tustin, the Boys & Girls Club held “Dreaming of a Brighter Future,” day of service that included projects centered on environmental sustainability and social justice. Day holiday, they spoke of how this year’s march and rally should resonate even more, following the deaths last summer of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York City, both at the hands of the police. Under the theme “Fight for Your Rights in 2015,” about 1,000 people assembled at Seattle’s Garfield High School on Monday morning and marched to the federal courthouse downtown. While he moved a nation toward change and continually stirred an international civil rights movement, his lessons are worth putting into practice, in all aspects of your leadership capacity.

One guy said he thought King looked like he had gained weight and even offered some advice on how MLK could get back in shape: “You need to hit the treadmill, cardiovascular and all that.” He added, “You can do it — I believe in you.” Keynote speaker Jelani Brown, who took part in the Ferguson protests, urged the crowd to continue the fight and emphasized that real power is in the community and in “gathering to show strength.” Wearing a black hoodie with the words “Organization for Black Struggle” across his chest, Brown said making a big difference is not so much about holding protests, as it was after the Ferguson shooting. The last parade was in 2009. “I don’t know if MLK’s message has worn off but it has definitely changed, especially when you think about the police and all the recent murders,” Castro said. “Its important to remember some of Dr. It requires a proactive approach, he said, in events such as this, with workshops such as “Fighting for the Rights of Minority Businesses,” talks about immigration reform and recruiting the community to work as one. Eugene Jacques, pastor, welcomed worshippers and invited them to join in the celebration, which included musical selections, a skit and an audio presentation of the “I Have a Dream” speech.

King’s later statements, specifically about integrating his people into a burning building,” said Jersey City resident Christian Shearer. “I think we as Americans need to focus on class issues. Superior General Oblate Sister Mary Alexis Fisher, of the Sisters of Providence, Baltimore, shared historical information about King and the founder of Oblate Sisters of Providence Elizabeth Lange (also known as Mother Mary Lange). By high school, I was reading more and more about King, his life, the speeches that punctuate his legacy and the way he went about organizing, even amidst fierce opposition. Metropolitan King County Councilmember Larry Gossett told the crowd the power of the slain civil-rights leader was that he didn’t resort to violence but accomplished change through peaceful means. “If King were alive today, he would be 86” and he’d have shown concern not just for Brown and Garner’s deaths but also for two New York police officers recently killed in Brooklyn, he said.

She compared the two lives and said that they were “given to answer the call to service.” She said that Lange, who established the first order for African-American women in the world in 1829, and King were both instruments, divinely inspired by God to use their faith to achieve difficult tasks. Among those in attendance was Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. “It’s been a very difficult period in our nation’s history,” he said, adding later, “We have a lot of work to do to address equality.” First, you need to establish what your vision is – once you’ve established that, you need to figure out how to explain that plan to your 8-year-old niece or your 80-year-old grandma. Among the many groups were High School bands and dance groups, dancing schools, civic and business groups, church groups, motorcycle clubs, equine clubs, sorority and fraternity groups and many others who came from near and far to participate.

Lionel Collins Montessori Elementary School Principal Esther Pollard and Assistant Raychell Alexander took advantage of the beautiful weather and celebration as they joined their students and parents in the parade. King noted that, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Where do you stand? 4. Rather, this leader wanted to create racial equality nationwide – that’s a big outcome which has taken decades to advance, and hasn’t come true even today.

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