On Monday Western Massachusetts and the rest of the country will honor the memory of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
On August 28, 1963, Dr. King’s speech during The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom became the peak of his global influence. An influence that carries on 56 years later by high school students in Western Massachusetts.
The Wesley United Methodist Church hosted the 37th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship breakfast Saturday morning.
Reverens Catherine Cummings told 22News, “We’re celebrating not only the legacy of King and his dream of equality, but we also want to uplift young scholars and get them focused on who King was and what he was about.”
In order to receive the scholarship students had to look at one of Dr. King’s speeches and write about the relevance it has to today’s issues.
Dr. King’s dream of equality was something scholarship recipient Nylan Baldwin wrote about in his essay. She told 22News, “As I started this whole process I started looking deeper into these issues and seeing how people are battling these issues on how people are trying their best to have quality for everybody and I feel like that’s because of Dr. King and that’s why his legacy still resonates with us today.”
$10,000 in scholarships were awarded to several exceptional students.