Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

January 18, 2013

Martin Luther King Jr.'s message remains relevant

Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Nearly 45 years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated, one local pastor continues to organize an annual event to remind the community of Glasgow that the struggle for all human rights is not over.

First Baptist Church, with pastor Dr. Mike Rice, hosts a Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration and remembrance event every year on MLK Day. A youth event will be held Sunday night at First Baptist, followed by a Monday afternoon march from the courthouse to the church and a community-wide event.

As the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s falls farther into the past, Rice said it is as important as ever to remember that history.

“We need to be reminded,” Rice said. “I don’t think we ought to ever forget the struggle.”

Historically, Glasgow has been on the “cutting edge of the advancement of all people,” Rice said, with the election of Kentucky’s first black mayor in 1968 and other examples of racial tolerance. However, Rice added, the town and the nation still have progress to make.

“When I consider some of the things that are occurring in our little city, it reminds me that the struggle is not over, and I think that this celebration is a constant reminder that there’s work to be done,” Rice said.

Sunday night’s youth celebration is especially important to young people who are now several generations removed from Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, according to Rice. Children of all ethnicities tend to take the life they have for granted, Rice said, and the MLK celebration lets them know it has not always been this way.

“They are reaping the benefits of other people’s struggles,” Rice said.

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