As the nation prepares to recognize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on Saturday, the Mercer County NAACP chapter hosted its annual luncheon to celebrate his life and legacy.
Dr. King was a civil rights activist known for his incredible work, dream and achievements.
“We want to keep that dream alive and what he stood for and what he believed in because that’s what we believe in, justice for all.” Reverend Charles Collins said.
Collins is the local chapter president of the NAACP. NAACP, which stands for National Association For the Advancement of Colored People, is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights organization.
The event took place inside the student center on the campus of Bluefield State College.
“Dr. King crossed bridges during his lifetime but he was actually a bridge builder and thats something we need in our world today,” college president, Dr. Marsha Krotseng said. “We all need to bring people together to build those bridges across humanity thats what we need to bring as we go forward.”
The luncheon also served as a fundraiser to help those locally in need .
“We help a lot of folk, people come to us with their problems, weather it be discrimination at the work place or what have you and we do what can to help those folks,” Collins said.
It’s all part of keeping Dr. Kings dream alive and a reality. “Lets not judge a person by the color of their skin but by the integrity of their hear justice and equality for all mankind,” Collins said.