NAACP honors civil Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Officials and community leaders gathered at Elks Lodge #223 in Cambridge on Monday to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Luther Cornish received a certificate of recognition from State Senator Addie Eckardt (R-1).

CAMBRIDGE — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy were honored Monday at the Dorchester County Branch NAACP Prayer Breakfast. The event was hosted by Elks Lodge #223, and attracted a full house of government officials, community leaders and citizens.

“We met some amazing people doing amazing things,” a statement from the Eastern Shore Network for Change said. “In honor of Dr. King’s legacy, so something for someone else.”

The birthday of the civil rights leader has come to be known as, “A Day of Service.” Citizens are urged to reach out and perform a meaningful task to benefit others, as a way to remember and continue Dr. King’s work.

“Today we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a man whose dream, of an American that was truly equal for all people, has inspired generations to continue the fight for justice,” Dorchester County NAACP Branch President James Pinkett said in prepared remarks, “Dr. King’s actions challenged our society to be better and to come together to fight against the evils of racism, poverty and other evils that divide us. People of color are still fighting for voting right; our system of justice still only works for a few; and the right for every worker to earn a livable wage is still not achieved.”

Mr. Pinkett went on to urge citizens’ participation in primary elections on April 28, Census Day on April 1, and the general election on Nov. 3.
“Your voice counts,” he said. “Your well being matters.”

The Rev. Dr. John G. Moore Sr. was featured at the event. He is known for his stirring performances of Dr. King’s presentations, in particular his recitation of the famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

Luther H. Cornish was honored by the group. Mr. Cornish is a life-long resident of the area who is known for his service to the area and his remarkable singing voice.

Also taking part in the event were the Cornish Family Singers, Exalted Ruler of Dorchester Lodge #223 Greg Meekins, the Rev. Dr. William T. Wallace, Choptank Elementary Student Isaiah F. Davis, Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanly, Deborah Wooden, essay winners Nyeriah Hampton, Amorah Perkins, Neveah Greer and Jamya Brian with their principal from Choptank Elementary School Emma Pinkett, Marion Fisher and the Rev. Roslyn Watts.