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Memorial Recreational Center potluck celebrates wisdom of civil rights leader

Attendees reflect on the words of Martin Luther King Jr.

January 20, 2013|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Keiora Williams, left, and Jokari Barnette eat Sunday during a potluck dinner at Memorial Recreation Center Inc. in Hagerstown.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

With food to nourish their bodies, about 20 children and others at the Memorial Recreation Center Inc. on Sunday were encouraged to reach inside their souls to reflect on the words of Martin Luther King Jr.

Covered dishes of food like macaroni and cheese, chicken, soup and pasta salad were laid out on a table for the guests to enjoy.

Then it was time for study.

Children sitting around a group of tables were encouraged to read aloud quotes from King, whose legacy is being celebrated across the nation today.

Then the children and others were asked to reflect on what they thought King meant by his statements.

Among the King quotes was “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.”

King went on to say “that’s why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.”

Angel Burnett, program director at the Memorial Recreational Center, said she believes what King was saying is that people must support and love each other, no matter the circumstances.

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The group also reflected on King’s quote that “the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

The group carried the thought further, like what a person does when people are not looking.

“We always don’t get credit for the good things we do. But it will get noticed,” Karen Cook, executive director of the Memorial Recreation Center, told the children.

The youths assembled for the event participate in the programs at the center at 109 W. North Ave., Cook said.

Events celebrating Kings’ legacy will continue today with a basketball tournament at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center next door. The tournament, which starts at 10 a.m. and goes until about 7 p.m., is a fundraiser for the Memorial Recreation Center, Cook said.

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