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Peterson Space Observer

A cornerstone of American history

By Senior Airman Tiffany DeNault

21st Space Wing Public Affairs

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.    “Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On! Not a Day Off!” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is part of American history; let’s remind ourselves of his greatest achievements for the nation.

On Jan. 14, a commemorative service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was held from 11 a.m.-noon at the Peterson Chapel.

During the event there was a poetry reading, music by the Air Force Academy Band and also a guest speaker, Col. David Miller Jr., 21st Operations Group commander.

“We wanted everyone to hear about how they could make an impact to our military and civilian communities by taking action towards making a change,” said Beatrice Garica Macliz, project officer for the event. “But, also, to bring awareness of the dreams of Dr. King    equality for all.”

For 13 years, King strived for a social change for equality for African Americans through non-aggressive marches and boycotts. Through his leadership in the Civil Rights Movement, he was successful in ending the segregation of public transportation. He also led the historic March for Jobs and Freedom, also known as the March on Washington in 1963, which had an influential part in the passing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.

He was awarded “Man of the Year” by Time Magazine and also the Noble Peace Prize.

King was assassinated April 4, 1968, but his legacy still sounds today throughout the nation.

“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, ‘Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?’” said Senior Airman Takiah Christensen, a coordinator of the event. “After this event, I hope people would be encouraged to work together within their communities to fulfill King’s vision for a better America.”

After attending last year’s event, Christensen volunteered to be a part of this year’s event to help honor King and his undeniable devotion to helping others.

“His selfless efforts are amongst the reasons why I am able to serve in such a diverse Air Force today,” said Christensen.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed on the third Monday of January every year, this year on Jan. 19.

“I hope we keep taking the opportunity to remember the lessons he’s taught us,” said Miller. “And more importantly, remember what he went through and recognize that we can do our part, no matter how small.”

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