Miami-Dade County Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 50 Years After His Assassination

Author  Griselle Marino

MIAMI – The Black Affairs Advisory Board under the Office of Community Advocacy joined the rest of the country commemorating the legacy of black civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who was assassinated 50 years ago. The tribute ceremony took place on Wednesday, April 4 at Miami-Dade’s Downtown Government Center.

dr Martin Luther King Jr 01“Fifty years later there is a lot to do, we still have to deal with poverty, education, and justice equality issues,” said Black Affairs Advisory Board Chairman Stephen Hunter Johnson. “He was a soldier in the fight but his weapon was love, compassion, and understanding; even though, he knew his enemies had guns and knives.” (Watch the Community Advocacy interview)

County employees and community residents attended the event, which included spiritual songs, a reflection on his legacy, and inspirational quotes. “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. We have a lot of work to do in order to achieve his dream, so let’s keep moving forward,” said Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. (Watch Miami-Dade’s TV video)

For more information, contact Black Affairs Advisory Board Director Retha Boone-Fye at 305-375-4606.