The annual ceremony commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. brought leaders from all across the nation together Monday in D.C.
Martin Luther King III and his family, along with local leaders and community members, gathered together at the powerful memorial by the Tidal Basin to lay a wreath and reflect on the progress made so far and the mission ahead.
The event began with a prayer — led by the Rev. Dr. Grainger Browning Jr., pastor of Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in Fort Washington, Maryland — and worship songs from the choir. The message was one of upholding democracy, justice, hope and love.
“We as a people triumphed over obstacles that no one else has, and we will do it again and again,” said Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax at the event.
As he addressed the crowd, Fairfax shared his own story of recently learning about being a descendant of enslaved people and the importance of carrying on the mission of equality.
“We all came in different ships, but we’re all in the same boat now,” Fairfax added.
The event ended with the wreath-laying and marks the ninth anniversary of The Memorial Foundation’s tribute to the civil rights leader here in D.C.
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