Reflection: MLK Day of Service

Cyrus B. '23, Staff Writer

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 and we honor his birthday every January. He was one of the greatest civil rights leaders that fought for the rights of American Blacks during the era of segregation. He taught us how to surmount the foes of racism, lynching, and Jim Crow laws. In 1948, he graduated from Morehouse College. In 1951, he received his B.D. from Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. In 1955, he received his doctorate at Boston University. In 1955, he also accepted the leadership of the Bus Boycott in Montgomery, Alabama afterRosa Parks started the movement. At age 35, Dr. King was the youngest man to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1963. In 1963, he led the March on Washington and gave the famous “I have a Dream Speech.” He was also named the Time magazine “Man of the Year.”Sorrowfully in 1963 , Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was tragically assassinated by the callous James Earl Ray.

His legacy is not dead though. Each January near his birthday, people across our city and nation, gather together to serve their communities. This past Martin Luther King Jr. Day, as part of the day of service, I attended a seminar featuring Spirit Tawfiq. She is a Civil Rights Activist and the Granddaughter of Minnigean Brown Trickey. Ms. Trickey is one of the Little Rock Nine. In 1954, the Little Rock Nine fought to desegregate the public school system in Arkansas.  Like Dr. King’s efforts, Their work laid the foundation for many other schools to follow.  They were icons in this civil rights movement. Mrs. Tawfiq will be celebrating Dr. King’s achievements with the young people of the neighborhood. I was lucky to attend this Seminar at the Kappa Alpha Psi Achievement Center in Germantown.