February 2016 Bar Bulletin
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon: A Celebration of Dr. King’s Birthday and His Legacy
More than 670 guests celebrated Dr. King’s legacy at KCBA’s Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon on January 15 at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel.
The keynote speaker was Dr. C.T. Vivian, who is best known for his work with Dr. King. As national director of affiliates and strategist for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), he truly helped change the nation. In Birmingham, his work helped to enact the Civil Rights Act and in Selma, the Voting Rights Act.
Among his remark Dr. Vivian recalled his early days in the Civil Rights Movement:
I remember in my college days … there was only one thing that we wanted in those times and that was freedom. And what we learned is that you don’t get it until you are ready to die for it. And if you are not willing to suffer for something, in the final analysis you really don’t deserve to get it. And this was what the Movement was all about.
Regarding Dr. King and his legacy, Dr. Vivian recounted Dr. King’s days after leading the Montgomery bus boycott following Rosa Parks’ arrest:
Martin, after being in Montgomery, he could have gone to any church in America, and I mean any church in America.... Martin had already showed us that what you are about has to be more than some color, that it has to be greater than you are. It has to be so important to you that you are willing to give to it. Not with coins only, that is secondary. You have to give of yourself to it. And if you are not willing to give of yourself what you really want, then you can never get it.
Luncheon attendees were once again treated to a terrific musical performance by the Graham Hill Elementary School Chorus.
The King County Bar Association gratefully acknowledges the members of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon Committee for their tireless work in making this program such a successful community event.
Members of the MLK Luncheon Committee. Top row, from left: Pallavi Mehta Wahi, Phillip H. Ginsberg, Kevin A. Peck, Kerry J. Keefe; middle row, from left: James E. Lobsenz, Lisa Castilleja, Leann Wagele; bottom row, from left: Gregory M. Miller, Karen W. Murray (co-chair), Dr. C.T. Vivian, Hon. Catherine D. Shaffer, Hon. Richard A. Jones (co-chair), Hon. Charles V. Johnson, (Ret.), Burns Petersen. (Not pictured: Justo Gonzalez)
Keynote speaker Dr. C.T. Vivian
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