Weatherford Democrat

January 21, 2014

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

Weatherford Democrat

The Weatherford Ninth Grade Center hosted a celebration in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday evening. NAACP Branch 6321 president Calvin Clay welcomed guest speaker Rowena Green Winfrey, president of the NAACP Branch 6209 in Corsicana, and presented her with an award for appreciation.

Winfrey told of the first time she heard Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech as a toddler in her mother’s lap.

“For the rest of that year, according to my mother, my favorite phrase was ‘I have a dream,’” Winfrey said.

She also told of her own encounters with racism, and of using what she learned from King to deal with situations.

“Dr. King’s dream was all about faith, like the story of David and Goliath,” Winfrey said. “King picked up his slingshot against violence and racism. But unlike Goliath, racism is still very much alive.”

Check out this week’s Democrat to view more photos and see the list of winners of the scholastic awards for art, essay and artistic expression contests.