In the wake of racial unrest in the United States Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day is a reminder of where we’ve been.
“I feel that there’s more polarization, more stratification now then there was say 25, 30 years ago,” said Christie Fontaine-Covington, former municipal judge.
In Wheeling, religious leaders and community members looked to the future, during an interfaith ceremony and peace march remembering Dr. King.
“Dr. Kings birthday is one of the times that I feel that people are very willing to realize that part of his dream was, the crux of his dream was, that we come together,” said Fontaine-Covington.
Kids and adults, people of all races and faiths shared in songs, speeches, and poems telling King’s message, one they say we should try to live by everyday.
“That’s really for Wheeling it shows us that we’re a community, a diverse community that we’re all in this together to make Wheeling a better place to live,” said Blake Williams.
As you enjoy the holiday, remember to pass on Dr. King’s message, even the simplest acts can make a big impact on someone else’s life.
“Volunteerism is a big message from Dr. King to, you know, dream big and think about how you can volunteer in the community to help plant the seeds,” said Williams.
“Do something good for someone else. If you do something good for someone else if you have compassion if it’s just for one person, if we did that, if everybody took that charge, tomorrow would be awesome, it would just be something off the charts. I just think the message for tomorrow is that, and hopefully the other days, is be compassionate, try to be empathetic, put yourself in the other person’s place,” said Fontaine-Covington.