Martin Luther King Jr.

More than 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, his message is still as pertinent and inspiring as it was when he was alive.

As thousands of residents flock to events around Seguin to honor his legacy and dream this weekend, there is no better time to reflect on King and the Civil Rights movement than the present.

King was an incredible orator and minister. His speeches and writings still give people goose bumps to this day. It’s no surprise he was as successful in leading demonstrations and change as he was because of this. When he shared his dream in Washington D.C. in 1963, millions of Americans said “Hey, I share this dream too.”

In Seguin, the MLK planning committee has done as fantastic job reflecting King’s message of community, charity, change and equality in the events that span from Friday night to Monday afternoon.

The events include guest speakers, a special production, canned food drives, uplifting music and more.

Although San Antonio annually pulls one of the largest MLK Day marches in the country, it’s equally important that Seguin has its own unique celebrations just down the road.

Several members of the committee echoed the same sentiment: These festivities need the presence and dedication from young people. For the fervor of a better tomorrow to make a real change, young people have to show up loud and proud — something we know they are capable of.

If you have the day off Monday, turn that into a “day on”.

“The intent of this weekend’s festivities is to let the community know Dr. King’s dream lives on,” committee vice president and treasurer Joe Patterson said. “We must keep the struggle going. It can’t die because we can’t afford to let this part of history repeat itself.”

March, fight, help and donate, as Dr. King asked us to do all those years ago..

Our Voice is the opinion of the editorial board of the Seguin Gazette.

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