Hattiesburg honors Martin Luther King Jr.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - What are you doing for others? That, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, is life's most persistent and urgent question.

He said it decades ago but, first thing this morning, hundreds gathered in Hattiesburg's Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center to remember it once again.

"He cared about the predicament of others, he sacrificed his life because of others," said Pastor Marcus Cathey, of West Point Baptist Church. "We are afforded privileges today because of his life."

On what would have been his 83rd birthday, a standing-room-only crowd - folks squished together, shoulder to shoulder - honored the legacy of a man who helped to change the geography of society.

"We come this time every year to reflect and say thank you for the sacrifices made, but also to look toward the future," said Cathey.

The event was hosted by the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, which King was a member of, and featured a scripture reading from Rabbi Uri Barnea and Jalil Buti read from the Quran. The morning celebrated King's messages of acceptance and community, but the message that each person has the power to bring change was the one that was repeated again and again.

"It's really a call to service, in the honor of a great man," said Master of Ceremonies Eddie Holloway. "While this is the best of times for a lot of people, it is also the worst of times for many, because of circumstances beyond our control ... do those things and fill those gaps where services and needs are."

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