LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — In Lynchburg, Martin Luther King, Jr. remembrance events went on virtually while still giving the same message of love and carrying on Dr. King’s legacy of peaceful efforts to fight racism, poverty, and war.
Any other year, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Council would have held a breakfast with speakers and other presentations. This year, the format may be different, but the lessons were the same.
“Today, it might be me that’s being discriminated against. Tomorrow, it could be you,” said Gloria Preston, Chair of the Community Council and an organizer of the event.
The theme of the day was based on King’s quote, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
“If my equality is jeopardized, then your equality is jeopardized, too, even though we may not look the same, live in the same area, be the same age, be of the same ethnicity.”
Speakers at the event shared perspectives of every generation, from the Silent Generation to Gen Z.
“Much like the spores on a rotting fruit, injustice spreads the fastest when it’s met with inaction,” said E.C. Glass senior Dylan Myaing, who won an essay contest for the event and shared his thoughts on King’s quote.
“Growing up as a first-generation Afro-Latino Asian -American, I was blessed with a different perspective on many aspects of not only American society but the world itself.”
He says a root cause of inequality is a lack of empathy.
“This apathy in our society only further establishes widely-recognized injustices, such as racism, sexism, and opposition towards the LGBTQ community within America, just to name a few.”
Watch a replay of the live stream here.