Residents celebrate the birth of Martin Luther King Jr through the North State

Jan 18, 2016 6:46 PM by News Staff

Hundreds of North State residents turned out for celebrations commemorating the birth of one the most important figures in American history, Martin Luther King Jr.

More than one-hundred people turned up at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Center in Redding Monday morning to honor king's work for advancing civil rights for African-Americans.

Several city and county officials, including Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko and District Supervisor Leonard Moty spoke about racial unity during the ceremony.

Native-American tribes around the north state also came together to pay tribute to King. The Redding ceremony also recognized Isaac Lowe, a prominent African-American civil rights leader who passed away just last month.

Mae Lois Turner, whom worked with Isaac Lowe to establish the center, said the area has more work to do for civil rights of others.

Shasta County is growing,” she said. “We haven't gotten where we should be, but we are on our way and everything to me starts with love.”

In Oroville community members celebrated King at the Southside Oroville Community Center with its annual breakfast and scholarship awards to help kids in the community.

Oroville resident David Manning said the holiday is a reminder to bring people together--regardless of background or color of their skin.

“It seems just like in our nation everyone wants to be to themselves,” he said. “Two commandments, love the lord with heart mind and love your neighbor, and if you need help I will help clothe you.”

The event ran until 1 p.m. Monday and eight high school seniors heading off to college will get a $500 scholarship give them a head start.


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