El Paso group honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

El Paso group honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 10:30pm

As the country gets ready to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life tomorrow, a local group here in El Paso paid tribute to him Sunday.
The Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Committee had their annual memorial tribute for the civil rights leader, and more than 100 people showed up.

The event at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, in central El Paso, celebrated his life by singing, reading from scripture, and listening to what King has done for the country as a whole.

They also recognized local leaders currently working for a better future here in El Paso.

Sunday’s memorial was open to everyone,

Organizers say because of Kings work, civil rights has come a long way. This is why they say his life's work is always with them.

"Instead of confronting violence and hatred with more violence and hatred, he chose a nonviolent route,” Marian Davis, from east El Paso said. “Which is not always the most celebrated way."

"He was actually looking at trying to make it fair for everyone,” said Robert Hemphill, the committee president. “Having an equal opportunity regardless of your race, color, creed, or religion."

Hemphill also said that MLK’s work is not done and every day should be used to work for a better future, not just on Martin Luther King Day.

The committee has more events planned throughout this year, including a diversity and racism meeting in April.

If you would like to find out more about the Martin Luther King Jr. committee, you can email Hemphill at butuhemp@hotmail.com.

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