Updated: January 17, 2021 10:29 PM
Created: January 17, 2021 07:08 PM
The legacy Dr. Martin Luther King Junior left behind is one that is long lasting. And, even amid a global pandemic, Americans are finding ways to celebrate all King did for the world.
Here in the Northland, the Duluth NAACP will be live streaming an event commemorating King called Our Rising Voices on their Facebook page.
Salaam Witherspoon, Community Coordination Chair for the Duluth NAACP, said the public is encouraged to tune in.
“There will be live performances. We are going to have music. We'll have some words from city officials,” Witherspoon said.
Witherspoon said the event is aimed at elevating King’s call for equality.
"2020 really shined a lot of light on systemic racism and how its so prevalent and how its still a part of our lives, so its important to keep his message alive that he stood for unity. He stood for uniting folks together and also putting God first, you know, especially with the unknown.” Witherspoon said.
Meanwhile, Norshor Theatre put together a play about the last day of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s life on earth.
Phillip Fazio, Artistic Director at Norshor Theatre, said the play is called The Mountain Top.
"It stars two local actors and we will be streaming it online," Fazio said.
Additionally, the Minnesota Historical Society launched an initiative called Black History, Black Voices.
Kevin Maijala, Senior Director of Learning Initiatives for the Minnesota Historical Society, said the initiative aims to connect King’s Civil Right's legacy to present day issues.
“We’re in very tumultuous times. What does fighting for racial justice look like in today's world? Because that is different than it was in Dr. King’s world,” Maijala said.
Maijala said another goal of the initiative is to teach people about the role the state of Minnesota played in the Civil Rights Movement.
“There have been Minnesotans fighting for equity and racial justice for decades here in Minnesota and we’re going to highlight those stories,” Maijala said.
Through these virtual events, the organizations hope that King’s memory will live on and his messages will continue to move mountains.