By Bryan Ramos
Regarded as the most important voice of the civil rights movement, the United States spent today, the third Monday of January, celebrating and honoring the life of Martin Luther King Jr.
King Jr. is remembered for being one of the most influential figures of the 20th century, fighting for equality through non-violent protesting.
Cine El Rey held its 8th Annual MLK Day at Cine El Rey event, featuring entertainment and the traditional commemorative walk honoring King Jr. The walk was led by civil rights leader and activist Rebecca Flores.
Bert Guerra, owner of Cine El Rey, said the event is designed to bring people together to honor the famous civil rights leader on his national day.
“When we start saying it’s about “We” and not just “Me”,” Guerra said during the inaugural MLK Day at Cine El Rey. “When we live for others and not just ourselves. It is then we’ll see that all living things ambiguously beat from the same divine heart and when anyone’s heart bleeds, whether it is from oppression, hate, or apathy, the work for peace, love, and empathy must go on”.
The community engagement event was presented by The Historic Cine El Rey Theatre Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to “preserving the past for the future.”
Started in 2011, MLK Day at Cine El Rey has grown everyday with hundreds from across the Valley making their way to downtown McAllen to honor King Jr. and to recognize several local non-profit organizations for their efforts in the community.
King Jr., famously known for his “I have a dream” speech which was delivered at the “March on Washington” in August 1963. His quotes are more relevant than ever in today’s climate and remain widely used, as King’s wisdom was taken from the world far too soon.
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward,” is just one of many sayings King Jr. is remembered for.
President Donald Trump issued a statement in a recorded video, stating “Dr. King’s dream is our dream. It is the American Dream. It’s the promise stitched into the fabric of our Nation, etched into the hearts of our people, and written into the soul of humankind.”
The video praising King Jr. was released while Trump was at his golf club. This comes one day after Trump was asked by a journalist if he is what many think he is, a racist, to which Trump responded, “No, I’m not a racist. I’m the least racist person you will ever interview.”
If only Dr. King Jr. was still with us. Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!