LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) — The Hill City honored the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with their 24th annual MLK breakfast on Monday.
Hundreds gathered to honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. The celebration was much more than another birthday — they honored his lessons of strength to love and how that will forever have an impact on our community.
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The Martin Luther King Lynchburg Community Council honored the civil rights activist with a breakfast for community members and city officials at the Virginian Hotel Downtown.
Chairman of the Council Vivian Miller was one of the key people to make this happen. She said the Lynchburg community needs to live by MLK's fundamental philosophy of non-violent change.
"It’s to make people understand that you don’t have to be the same to love someone. It is something called brotherly love and sisterly love and that’s what Dr. Martin Luther King would’ve wanted for us," said Miller.
The theme of the breakfast was “Strength to Love,” the title of Rev. Dr. King’s collection of sermons published in 1963. Coretta Scott King said this work best explained her husband’s philosophy of non-violence and his belief in a “divine, loving presence that binds all life.”
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Brenda Hughes Andrews was this year's keynote speaker. Hughes Andrews is one of four litigants in Jackson, et al vs Lynchburg City Schools, the suit to desegregate E. C. Glass High School.
Andrews, along with the other three litigants (Cecelia Jackson, Lynda Woodruff, and Owen Cardwell Jr.) were the first students to integrate E.C. Glass High School in 1962.
"We've disrupted an all-white environment, changed the status quo -- which we did," said Hughes Andrews.
She says injustice is a threat to justice anywhere.