Meridian, Miss. Martin Luther King, Jr. is considered by many to be a true American hero. The McCain Theatre on MCC's campus celebrated the iconic man who helped shape America into what it is today. Hundreds were in attendance for the ceremony including Meridian Mayor Percy Bland. Bland was the guest speaker for the ceremony, and says remembering our past is vital for our future.
Mayor Bland says "If you don't know your history, it's kind of hard to create your future. That’s a very important step for all of us to know from that which we have come. This is American history, what he stood for, what he represented is what we should all be trying to emulate and represent."
Two essay winners, Emma Clark of Clarkdale Attendance Center and Shiolyn Brown of Carver Middle School presented their essays on the man and legend Martin Luther King, Jr. Rhonda Smith, the Martin Luther King chairperson for MCC, expresses how important it is for young people to know who the man was.
She says, "I think it's very important. He was an advocate, back in the 60's when he was coming up, African Americans didn't have a lot of rights that they have now. But it's not just for them, he stood for equality, for blacks, whites, all colors, and all races and i think it's important for them to know the history, and know who the man was so they can continue to carry on the dream that he had."
A dream that, to quote the man "One day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."