“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by bad people but the silence over that by the good people.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Arlington County held its 46th annual tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sunday evening, Jan. 18, at Washington-Lee High School. Master of ceremonies Justin Love, CBS Radio Washington, opened the program followed by an invocation by senior minister of Mt. Zion Baptist Church Dr. Leonard N. Smith. Chair of the Arlington County Board Mary Hughes Hines welcomed all to the event.
The pre-professional students attending the Dance Institute of Washington and led by former soloist for the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Fabian Banks, performed. Arlington School Board Chair James Lander introduced a video of students’ work in the literary and visual arts contest. The students in grade K-5 were asked to describe in writing or through visual art how to use words, kindness or service to make a positive change in school or community. Students in grades 6-12 were asked to describe in writing or through visual art non-violent strategies to use in school to create positive change.
Following the video presentation the Saint Augustine Gospel Choir directed by Samuel Edison Cromwell performed. Judge William T. Newman, Jr. gave the keynote address. The 2015 MLK event committee included Nyambo Anuluoha, Siobhan Grayson, Saundra Green, Kanika Hav, Kim Roberts and Terron Sims. Sponsors of the tribute were the Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation, Arlington Community Federal Credit Union, Arlington Public School and the Teen Network Board.