Over 35 people crowded into the movie room on the evening of Martin Luther King day to share in our annual celebration. Led by one of Bayside Park’s resident’s, Ruth and Community Life Assistant Marlene, the program was opened by reading many of Dr. King’s famous quotes. “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear,” “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend,” “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity” were among the favorites. A rare DVD presentation compiled by our resident began with Joan Baez singing “We Shall Overcome” and Ray Charles performing “God Bless America.” Included was some footage from the March on Washington in 1963, ending with Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech in it’s entirety. The celebration concluded with everyone singing together “We Shall Overcome.” The mood was solemn and the attendance higher than usual. It was thought by some the reason for the great turnout was due to our current political climate which proves that today we need the ideology of Dr. King today more than ever!
“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
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