“Dr. King should be celebrated every day and not just in January or during Black History Month. Dr. King had a dream, and he followed his dream and his dream came true! He made sacrifices and fought for change and social justice that many of us would not have today if it were not for Dr. King”.
Although it has been nearly fifty-two years since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. tragically passed away, he left an impactful legacy and his values and beliefs are still spoken about today.
Tyree Goodlett, Dalton city councilman, and Tom Pinson, director of Mack Gaston Community Center, recently visited Mrs. Ana Goodlett's third-grade classroom at Roan School to talk about the significance of MLK Day.
Pinson read a book to the students about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and how he rose to become a prominent figure during the Civil Rights Movement. He also shared insight about how Dr. King fought to change unequal laws and end segregation.
They showed students photographs of cultural centers that honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. These centers aim to educate and exhibit historical photos and artifacts that pertain to Dr. King.
Goodlett and Pinson emphasized the importance of creating a difference when something seems unjust and how they both have led their lives by following Dr. King's peaceful example.
"Dr. King inspired me to go out and make a difference, not only in my community, but try to make a difference in the world," said Goodlett.
Pinson expressed his stance on inclusivity and equality for everyone regardless of their background.
"As a community leader, I am open to people of all colors, social and economic groups," Pinson said. "The facility I manage has become a multicultural center where everyone is welcomed and treated equally, and this is all because of what I learned from the life and times of Martin Luther King, Jr."
Goodlett passionately spoke about the tireless efforts of Dr. King and how his life deserves to be honored, remembered and recognized.
"Dr. King should be celebrated every day and not just in January or during Black History Month," said Goodlett. "Dr. King had a dream, and he followed his dream and his dream came true! He made sacrifices and fought for change and social justice that many of us would not have today if it were not for Dr. King".
Towards the end of the presentation, students were encouraged to be proactive in their community and initiate non-violent changes just like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Get some people who think like you and believe in what you believe in and make a change," said Pinson. "Remember the golden rule and treat other people the way you want to be treated."