Story on MLK Rally in local paper

PORT ST. LUCIE — On Jan. 16, Treasure Coast citizens held a rally to commemorate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy of social justice.

Adults and children, ranging in age from 3 to 8, held signs reflecting some of King’s core values, including unity and equality.

Co-organizer and Port St. Lucie resident April Nall said she decided to do something after reflecting on King’s message and the continued problem of racism.

“I felt a strong call to do something after listening to Dr. King’s speeches and connecting it to my own families’ financial situation and struggle to live more ethical lives,” said Nall, who brought her three children, ages 3, 7, and 8 to the event.

“It’s also disturbing to become aware that people of color still have to find a way to cope with oppression in our society today, more than underprivileged whites do.”

Participants also sought to remind fellow Port St. Lucie residents of some of King’s often forgotten messages.

Co-organizer and Florida Atlantic University adjunct instructor Dr. Jeffrey Nall notes that in addition to fiercely condemning racism, King died struggling to promote economic justice and nonviolence in both personal relationships and foreign policy.

“Many people don’t realize that Rev. King died a very unpopular man in many circles,” said Dr. Nall. “In his April 4, 1967 speech, ‘Beyond Vietnam,’ he expressed his strident objections to not only interracial violence but also American military violence.”

At the rally, area residents received honks of encouragement as they waved to ongoing traffic. The assortment of signs read “What would MLK do?,” “unity,” “stop racism now,” “peaceful ends through peaceful means,” and “people over profit.”

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