CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Martin Luther King Jr. Day was first observed in 1986, and is observed the third Monday of every year to honor one of the most influential men involved in the American Civil Rights movement.
Recently, KRIS 6 News spoke with members of the community how they feel about Dr. King, and his legacy, here are a few of the responses:
“It is a historic thing for American people, for equality. My son’s in first grade and learning about it, just learning that our skin color doesn’t matter and we should be treated the same, which is so important, especially with everything going on today, and people are still fighting for equal rights, even today”
“It’s hope. It’s hope for a lot, it’s hope for equality for all, especially people of color.”
“That man stood for our freedom, when nobody else would.”
“We’re all equals. It doesn’t matter what color skin you are, what race, what nationality, even what religion. Hell, this is the United States of America.”
“There’s strength in unity. Divided we fall, and united we stand, that’s what America is. It’s a shame that [our differences] cause division, when there’s so much to learn from it.”
Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963, and participated in countless Civil Rights events and marches. He was assassinated in April of 1968.