Martin Luther King III said for too many citizens on the left and the right, the American Dream has become a nightmare.
He spoke as keynote speaker during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Advancing the Dream awards banquet on Friday in the University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom.
His speech focused on the question, "Where are we as a nation?" as people reflect on the past 50 years since the assassination of his father on April 4, 1968.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and social activist who led the civil rights movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his death. His son Martin Luther King III is the second of four children he had with his wife Coretta Scott King and continues the quest for equality and justice for all people.
Every year in January, King III is asked, "How are we making progress on the dream?" He says, "Well, we made progress, but we’re not there yet."
“Citizens have had enough of the viciousness and vitriol seen from the state house to the White House, and citizens want actions that respond to the struggles of their daily lives,” King III, said. “People of all race, religion and ethnic background are demanding that their voices be heard, their faces be seen and their needs to be met.”
The banquet, organized and hosted by the Arlington MLK Celebration Committee, the City of Arlington, the Arlington Ministerial Association, the Arlington Independent School District, Tarrant County College and UTA, kicked off a four-day annual celebration held since 1989.
The UTA Jazz Ensemble provided the musical entertainment for the evening.
Awards and scholarships were presented to students, members and leaders in the Arlington community for reflecting King’s morals in the areas of community, education and government.
Political science sophomore Dorian Strong received the $1,000 Arlington Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit of Service Collegiate Scholarship for her essay submission on this year’s theme, Continuing the Dream: Moving Toward Unity, Justice and Peace. The competition is for college students enrolled in Tarrant County College Southeast Campus or UTA who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to community service.
“For me, this year’s theme means justice and equality for all people and doing my best with the spirit of service,” she said.
Strong said she believes in the power of community service and tries to give back to the Arlington community as much as she can.
On campus, Strong is an active member of the Association of Colored Women’s Club, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, UTA’s Black Student Association and she is looking forward to taking on leadership positions, she said.
Her father, Zeb Strong, director of recruiting and outreach services for the UTA Office of Human Resources, received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Advancing the Dream award in the education category.
President Vistasp Karbhari said from the university's perspective, the community needs to make sure that it is united, that there is equality and that it is not split into different groups.
“We have to continuously look for that equality so that every single person, not just an individual, has the opportunity to excel,” Karbhari said.
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