GTMO Holds MLK March, Chapel Service

Story Number: NNS110121-17Release Date: 1/21/2011 6:32:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Ailes, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Public Affairs

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (NNS) -- Members of the Guantanamo Bay community gathered to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his impact on the civil rights movement, with a commemorative march and chapel service Jan. 17.

The event was hosted by the Guantanamo Bay Black Heritage Organization, headed by Darrell LaBorn, a lay leader for the chapel's gospel service and a local philanthropist.

"It's important that we don't forget our past, we don't forget the things what have happened, and we don't forget the people who helped us get to where we are today," said LaBorn. "I think it's important that we continue to revitalize these types of events so that our youngsters, most importantly, our children, can remember and hopefully make the world a better place."

The chapel service included the presentation of several scholarships awarded to authors of essays detailing King's life and impact on the civil rights movement.

"I think Martin Luther King was not just an activist for equality for African Americans, or an inspirational pastor at his church, or even a respected leader in the civil rights movement, or founding the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, but I also think that he was a father, and a great one at that," said Tatiana Wynder, an 8th-grader who won a scholarship. "I think Mr. King's family would agree with me when I say that, though Mr. King was a busy man, focusing on planning a new protest or making a new speech, his number one priority was being a father to his four children and a husband to his wife."

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