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Kunsan AB remembers Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Published
  • By Staff Sgt. Samuel Earick
  • 8th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

The installation African American Heritage Council kicked off the celebrations of Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a cake-cutting ceremony, Jan. 11.

Col. Elizabeth Anderson-Doze, 8th Medical Group commander, shared her thoughts and facts about Martin Luther King Jr. before cutting the cake. The cake was marked with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. which read, “true peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.”

Martin Luther King Jr. is credited as the epitome of bravery for standing up for American people of all races and demanding equality through the end of racial segregation.

Staff Sgt. Ashley Adams, AAHC president, reflects on the messages of Martin Luther King Jr.

“Peace, justice, equality and inclusion are what I think of on MLK Day because that is what I think he represents,” said Adams. “It wasn't just about African American people it was an inclusion of all people of different shades and backgrounds.”

Staff Sgt. Kathryn Huston, AAHC vice president, explained what she tries to emulate from the minister and social rights activist.

“Stay steadfast in your convictions despite how scary the path may be,” said Huston. “MLK was constantly getting attacked, people didn't respect his message and yet he still went through everything to keep going forward.”

Adams also noted the importance of continuing to learn and why it is important to continue celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s life.

“People don't need to fight violence with violence when they disagree,” said Adams. “We can get to common ground with a conversation, and that is the one thing everyone can take away from MLK.”