By Rory O’Sullivan
More than 100 people celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King’s life and legacy during Healthy Heritage Movement’s third annual ‘Honoring the Dream,’ candlelight prayer vigil.
Black, brown, and white harmonized together for “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” to the roar from J. Boykin’s saxaphone.
Young, old, wealthy, the not so wealthy, and everyone in between came together to remember the legacy of Dr. King and the principles he held.
Ninfa Delgado, vice president of Riverside Community Health Foundation said Dr. King stood for principles like giving back to the community through volunteering.
“There’s always a ways to give back,” said Delgado. “If you don’t have money, you can donate your time and talents.”
Assembly member Jose Medina echoed those sentiments. He was inspired by Dr. King to march for the rights of immigrant farmers while he was a college student.
“I think I learned from him the meaning of civil justice,” said Medina.
He invoked the words of Dr. King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” on April 16, 1963.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Medina also acknowledged President Barack Obama’s inauguration for a second term that happened earlier in the day and said that Dr. King would be proud this day.
Healthy Heritage Spokesperson Rebekah Ngewa said the event was held not only to celebrate Dr. King but to raise awareness about health resources that are available to blacks. Their focus is on eliminating health disparities that exist between blacks and the rest of the population. “Health should be the number one priority for everyone,” said Ngewa.
Her top three ways to maintain your health are reducing stress, a healthy diet, and reducing stress.
Terry Starks, pastor of Rubidoux Missionary Baptist Church closed the vigil with a prayer for the Riverside area and a challenge to those in attendance.
“Every time you include, instead of exclude you are honoring the dream.”
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