Archive for Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream

Program honors civil rights leader’s legacy, call to community service

Dr. Lawrence Ragland, D.D., of Paris, Tenn., speaks at the 25th annual community celebration in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday at Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union. Ragland was the keynote speaker at the event.

Dr. Lawrence Ragland, D.D., of Paris, Tenn., speaks at the 25th annual community celebration in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday at Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union. Ragland was the keynote speaker at the event.

January 19, 2010


Locals gather to celebrate MLK Jr.

Local residents gather on the Kansas University campus to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Monday was the 81st celebration of the civil rights leader's birth. Enlarge video

Residents volunteer on MLK Jr. Day

Many area residents spent the day volunteering their time in the Lawrence community. Members helped with the current Habitat for Humanity home on their day off. Enlarge video

Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech still applies today, the Rev. Lawrence Ragland told a crowd Monday on the Kansas University campus.

“We’ve come a long ways, but we still have a ways to go,” said the pastor of Progressive Baptist Church in Paris, Tenn., who delivered the keynote address at the 25th annual community King Day program at Woodruff Auditorium.

The country still faces race issues, and with the down economy and even last week’s devastating earthquake in Haiti, Ragland said, people need to work together at home and across the world.

“What I’m going to encourage people to do on this King holiday is to reach out more to do service for others because it’s so important,” he said. “And that was Dr. King’s greatest ambition for everyone, to help someone else along the way.”

King, the civil rights icon, would have turned 81 last Friday, and the nation celebrates his legacy the third Monday of every January. Some people in Lawrence used their day off for community service.

Several people gathered for a Habitat for Humanity workday on a home at 215 Comfort Lane.

“It’s part of the community-building effort that I think makes any place that we are a better place if we work together,” said Mark Brooks, Habitat’s construction manager.

More than 120 people attended the Ecumenical Fellowship Inc. celebration at the Kansas Union. Organizers honored the Rev. William A. Dulin, who is stepping down as chairman of the King celebration.

As Ragland encouraged the crowd to help others, especially young people through mentoring organizations, Lawrence-area leaders said the country has made strides since the 1960s. But there are still issues to tackle.

“(Progress) always reveals the next challenge to come,” Lawrence Mayor Rob Chestnut said.

Northwestern University intern Sara Kenigsberg contributed to this story.


Emily Hampton 8 years ago

Just FYI, the Roger Hill Volunteer Center also sponsored service projects at Family Promise, Brandon Woods, and Safekids. Thanks so much to all the volunteers who came out yesterday! Dr. King would have been proud of the great turnout and service to the community.

mr_right_wing 8 years ago

I do have respect for what Dr. King accomplished here in our country...he did some great things, and I have no doubt if it were not for him things for all of us would be different today. However, the man was supposed to be a 'pastor'; which means his 'flocks' social and physical needs were secondary to their spiritual needs. His, and his followers relationship with God is far, far more important than one man to another. Here's a website that brings some very interesting things to light.....

He was a great man, no doubt about that....but was he all that God intended him to be as a pastor?? A Christian? (That is purely a question, not a judgement or accusation.)

riverdrifter 8 years ago

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

mr_right_wing 8 years ago

aaahhhh....but I have picked up no stone. As I closed "That is purely a question, not a judgement or accusation'. The website is very enlightening, but the ultimate judgement of Dr. King is between himself and God. Not me...I've only got myself to worry about. I do though, have the freedom to ask a question.

Randall Barnes 8 years ago


Sunny Parker 8 years ago

Nothing in the ljworld announcing Browns win!

Geez...get with it lj!

Sunny Parker 8 years ago

Meanwhile, 43-47 million Americans have no health insurance!

Ummmm No. Get your facts straight!


Paul R Getto 8 years ago

Like all dead heros, MLK is a victim of his legacy and the subsequent followers who twist the message to suit their own ends. Martin, like all humans, was flawed, but he was courageous. Most of the keyboard kowards here and elsewhere on the Internet would not have linked arms with Martin and walked across that bridge.

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