Shasta County pays tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan 19, 2015 6:59 PM by Angela Musallam

A big tribute in Redding Monday commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
It began with a moment of silence to remember and honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision -- one he died trying to complete.

"Freedom and harmony and hope."

More than 50- people showed up to Monday morning's bell ringing ceremony inside old city hall, including local dignitaries and county officials.
Many of them recalled King's achievements in their speeches, but they all had one message.

"All you have to do is extend a hand, shake it, and start to talk. If we can do that simple thing and get to know each other better, we can lead the way in accomplishing that dream."

Justice, compassion and love -- some of the many powerful themes King preached about during a time when segregation and racism were in their prime.
Jean King, Executive Director of One Safe Place, ended her speech with an influential quote she hopes will inspire Shasta County.

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Every year for the past 23 years, the community participates in this march, and this year they are coming together to create a beloved community.

"We really wanna show our kids his vision and his message and have it continue on for the next generation."

Dozens from around the community marched from the courthouse to the Golden Living Center to also pay tribute to Isaac Lowe -- a local civil rights leader who helped establish Shasta County's local NAACP chapter.
Their last stop was the Martin Luther King Cultural Center on Sheridan Avenue.
That's where we met a man who marched with Martin Luther King Junior and says the fight for equality on all fronts -- isn't over.

"That's the only thing we have all asked for -- to be treated equally and it's still not being done. I hate to say it like that, but it's the truth."

If you would like to participate in making Shasta County a beloved community, you can attend "planning gatherings" at the Redding Library every third Thursday of the month.


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