December 2016 Bar Bulletin
MLK Luncheon Promises Engaging Address
By Karen Murray
On January 13, Washington Post columnist and 2009 Pulitzer Prize recipient Eugene Harold Robinson will be the guest speaker for the annual KCBA Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Luncheon. This event will take place at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle from noon to 1:15 p.m.
There’s very little doubt that Robinson’s keynote address will speak to the most recent election and what that means to the future legacy of Dr. King, when the president-elect used disparaging statements to vilify women, immigrants, Muslims, and black people living in urban cities. On Election Day, the people exercised their voting rights and now the question is how will this play out? If you are a logical thinking human being, one can understand why the outcome was the way it was regardless of the fact that the billionaire candidate in all reality had nothing in common with those who believed he was talking for them.
In his most recent post on November 13 titled, “The American experiment will soon be put to the test,” Robinson wrote, “Trump was the candidate not of working-class America, but of working-class white America. It is hard not to see his victory as partly, or perhaps mostly, a reaction to the eight-year presidency of Barack Obama, the first black man to occupy the White House.” I can’t help but wonder if there’s truth to what Robinson writes; if it is, then where do go from here?
When Robinson takes the podium on January 13, he will have had more time to set aside the rawness and shock of the election results he and others felt that night while others felt elation. Regardless of what side of the political and emotional spectrum you happened to be on, we are still one America and we must decide how to address the civil divide that appears to have created two distinct Americas where the color of one’s skin or national origin determines one’s fate.
Robinson will take the opportunity to examine Dr. King’s faith and inspiration during difficult and challenging times through his own words. Truly, this is Dr. King’s legacy.
Please reserve your seat at the Luncheon.
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