Sometimes if you want to find the purest heart or the most honesty, you have to ask a child and the kids at Laughlin Memorial Chapel are no exception.
They learned about Dr. King’s life and message throughout April and are using it in their own lives in some simple ways that are making a difference.
“He just wants everybody to be treated fairly and everybody to have a great life,” said 10-year-old Kiarra Uchbar, when asked what she knew about Dr. King. “And have white and black people treated the same way not differently.”
These children know that Dr. King preached about racial equality, but they understand equality not in black and white but in the sense that everyone should be given the same.
“Alike is when someone has the same amount of candy and the other person has also that same thing,” explained eight-year-old Dacaira Smith.
They also have a firm grasp on the importance of kindness and including everyone.
“If you don’t be kind then you won’t have no friends,” said nine-year-old Benjamin Groves.
“You can hurt someone else’s feelings if you don’t be kind and then they wont’ be your friend no more,” added Brynaza Walker, who is eight-years-old. “If you do be nice they will be your friend and you can play together and have fun.”
We could all take a note from this group about helpfulness.
“Learn their spelling words. Help them help them learn,” said seven-year-old Precious Ellsworth when asked how she helps others.
“If they fall, help them get up,” added Ja’ziah Honeycutt, who is seven-years-old.
Seven-year-old Rebecca Pickels believes “every person has to help everyone and change their whole world.”
Though these kids may be young, they say they’ll keep these lessons with them as they grown.
“Everybody should come together as one,” said 13-year-old Ericka Thomas. “We should all unite with each other. We should all guide each other. We should all be kind to each other. It doesn’t matter who it is. It doesn’t matter what it is.”
This group of kids are wise beyond their years. Many of them even said how they’ll teach their children these same lessons someday.
Be sure to tune in as WTRF honors the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Dr Martin Luther King – Remembering the Dream” it airs on Staurday on WTRF CBS at 2:30 and you can catch it again on the 22nd on WTRF My Ohio Valley at 4:30.