On Jan. 17-18, King hosted the 12th annual MLK Legacy Ceremonies, “Teaching the Children ...Touching the Community.”
Sponsor Comcast brought the virtual experience to online viewers. In previous years there are displays, live acting and the famous MLK march. But the pandemic did not stop the Crusaders from carrying out the tradition.
Comcast’s Maria Holmes spoke about the history of King High School’s MLK legacy march and awards while videos were shown.
Special virtual appearances from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Sen. Gary Peters were made during the Legacy Awards. Whitmer and Peters acknowledged honoree Stacey Abrams for fighting for voting rights.
“She took up the fight for voting rights to a new level,” said MLK legacy committee co-chair Michael Joseph. “Like Dr. King, Ms. Abrams believes that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
King Day allows staff, current and former students, as well as the community, to participate in the telling of black history and celebrate those who have paved the way. Even though virtual, the Crusaders Dance Workshop performed “Take Me Lord.”
It was a good experience, a different type of experience though because it’s virtual,” senior Laila Simpkins said.
MLK Day is not an ordinary holiday for only Blacks to celebrate. It is a national holiday that every race should express gratitude and respect for Dr. King. With Dr. King’s dream, segregation against blacks changed forever. Keeping his legacy alive is one way Crusaders lead by example.