Jan. 11 letters to the editor
The Newberg Graphic's readers weigh in on important issues of the day
Join us in celebrating the legacy of MLK
To the editor:
On Jan. 16, America will celebrate the birthday of the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. Americans need to be reminded of the words of Coretta Scott King that "this is not a Black Holiday but an American Holiday."
I was appointed by Gov. Sinner of North Dakota to serve on the MLK Jr. Holiday Commission and was on the committee for six years, three as chairman.
I moved to Newberg in August 2009 and soon got to meet our mayor, Bob Andrews. During our visit I asked if there was any local celebration of the MLK Jr. holiday. He said that there was none. I shared my past experiences relating to the holiday and offered to help develop a local committee. He encouraged me to do so!
I contacted some residents of Newberg for suggestions for a diverse committee.
This is the sixth year that locally we will be observing MLK Jr. holiday. George Fox students, high school and church choirs and other local talents have been part of the program. Rotary and Kiwanis have actively supported the observance.
Let me quote President Ronald Reagan, who in 1989 as part of his proclamation said, "Today (MLK Jr. holiday) America does remember Dr. King as a drum major for justice, as a giant whose life was far from being in vain … In a sermon on the eve of his assassination, he surely described his own mission when he asked, "Who is it that is supposed to articulate the longings and aspirations of the people more than the preacher? Somehow the preacher must be an Amos, and say, 'Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.'"
Martin Luther King Jr., did exactly that. He gave eloquent voice and powerful leadership to the long-cherished hopes of millions as he headed a crusade to end bigotry, segregation and discrimination in our land, to foster equal opportunity and to make a universal America's promise of liberty and justice for all."
Come and join us at the Chehalem Cultural Center grand ball room on Jan. 16 for a reception from 5 to 6 p.m. for a reception, followed by a program.
Lionel Muthiah, Newberg