A Celebration Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan 16, 2011 8:28 PM

"He is, in my opinion, one of the greatest people in the 20th century." Joseph Person was one of many who attended a movie and candle light vigil for slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Event Organizer Stephen Tchudi says, "I think he's probably the far most peace and justice person along with Ghandi in the last century and a half."

This 25th anniversary of Dr. King's birthday is celebrated as a federal holiday. Tchudi says it gives the nation a time to reflect. "I think he's the role model for so many people and his memory will never die."

The Chico Peace and Justice Center teamed up with The Trinity United Methodist Church to organize Sunday's events. Which included a film, the candlelight vigil, and a memorial ceremony with words and songs praising Dr. King's efforts for freedom.

Among the crowd, was special guest speaker, Susan Tchudi who walked along side Dr. King in his march for equality. And actually shook his hand. Susan says, "He shaped all of my beliefs about how to live in the world."

Events like this have been held in chico for more than 20 years. Joseph says, "(He's) a hero and more. More than a hero, he's a person that lifted us out of that muck." Susan says, "Dr. King shaped the consciousness and conscience of this country at a really crucial time. He belongs to all of us and all of us should be celebrating his life and his contribution."


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