(Patrick D. Rosso/Boston.com/2013)
With poetry and personal tales, attendees of the William E. Carter Post’s 10th-Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast on Monday celebrated the slain civil rights leader and his impact locally and nationally.
Held in the American Legion Post’s function hall in Mattapan, the event brought out residents, both young and old, to not only remember a great man, but to take lessons from his life.
“He was so powerful, he was so sincere, and had such a strong message,” said Wilma Browne, a 78-year-old Dorchester resident. “It resonated with me and stayed with me forever.”
Many reflected on the man and what he did, but others also said his message is still relevant today and a rallying call for Americans, both white and black, to create change.
“We learned a lot from him, but our problem is that he did his thing and we all celebrate what he did, but we have to keep it going,” said F.A. Watson, an 85-year-old Roxbury resident.
Close to 150 local residents, politicians, school children, and members of the military filled the post Monday to honor Dr. King.
“It’s a historic day. I think the theme we take from Dr. Martin Luther King is serving others, giving back to others,” said District City Councilor Rob Consalvo. “Change does happen, but it’s driven by the people and Dr. King recognized that.”
“It’s a great day, but it’s a day of action,” said District City Councilor Tito Jackson. “We have a lot to do and we know sleepwalking is dangerous.”
Monday’s ceremonies included poetry readings by local youth, performances by the United Voices of New England, and a presentation by Francisco Urena, commissioner of veterans services for the City of Boston.