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Lakewood commemorates the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King was a champion in the struggle to achieve long overdue civil rights throughout our nation for African Americans, who in the 1950s and 1960s were still being denied those rights in many aspects of life in our country. But despite the most egregious of transgressions that he fought against, he always did so as a firm believer in the moral and political power of non-violence.

“On behalf of the City Council and the people of Lakewood, I have signed a proclamationhonoring Dr. King,” said Mayor Jeff Wood. “We are also including links here to Dr. King’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech, his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” and documents below that summarize his philosophy of non-violent action and communication.

“I especially have been inspired,” said Wood, “by these words from Dr. King: ‘If you can’t fly, run; if you can’t run, walk; if you can’t walk, crawl; but by all means keep moving.’”

The quote above is from Dr. King’s famous 1960 speech at Spelman College, Georgia.

“We live in challenging times,” said Wood, “and nowhere have those challenges been more daunting than in society’s efforts to transcend our differences as individuals to better unite together as one community. Here in Lakewood we are inspired by Dr. King’s encouragement to move forward no matter how challenging the task.”

This article was released by the City of Lakewood.