“Keeping the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., alive through service and kindness to others was the focus of the Mercer County branch of the NAACP’s annual luncheon at Bluefield State College”
Keynote speaker Irene C. Berger, the first African American federal judge in the Southern District of West Virginia, addressed the crowd at the Mercer County NAACP’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon held at Bluefield State College on Saturday.
The main focus of this luncheon was to celebrate the legacy of the civil rights movement in which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. played a major role. “Dr. King was important to this nation in what he spoke for, what he lived for and what he died for,” said Rev. Charles H Collins Sr who is the President of the Mercer County branch of the NAACP
Federal Judge Berger then concluded her speech with reminding us all to keep Dr. King, Jr’s Legacy alive when she stated:
“That time is proof of what we can accomplish if we stand arm in arm and shoulder to shoulder,” Berger said. “Today, we honor Dr. King for his service and sacrifice to our nation. We honor him best, not by our talk but, by the way we walk all year round. We honor him best when we step outside our comfort zone to help others who need us. If our neighbor has no food, we should feel the hunger. If our neighbor has no shelter or clothes, we should feel the cold. During this upcoming holiday, I ask you to look deep within yourself and ask if in your day-to-day life if you are reaching out to someone different than yourself ; are you extending a helping hand to someone else in need?”