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Guam honors legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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 by Isa Baza

Guam - Guam honored Dr. Martin Luther King Day this morning with a day of service celebrating "The Color of Unity".

Every year the Serve Guam Commission along with Americorps joins forces to bring the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of service to our island's youth. The day of service educates youth on the legacy Dr. King left behind. Governor Eddie Calvo told KUAM News, "I was a young child when Martin Luther King was assassinated, again fighting for what he believed in, non-violent protests against oppression and against inequality."

Dr. King fought through nonviolent protests to bring equal treatment to African Americans, and end segregation in the United States. He is known for his famous speech, "I have a dream", as well as his activism which led to the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. On a tragic day in 1968, Dr. King was assassinated.  "Martin Luther King was fighting also for civil rights and voting rights for African Americans and other oppressed minorities," Calvo continued. "Well, the people of the territories still do not have those full rights, so it's important for our youth to continue this fight for liberty and freedom for all Americans."

After Calvo signed a proclamation honoring January 19 in celebration of Dr. King Day, the service fair began. Stands were set up along the center court in Agana Shopping Center by civic organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ifit Sports Center, Americorps, and Guam Volunteer Center. Each educated and encouraged youth to engage in community service.

"I urge all Guamanians to participate in his celebration and his passionate desire for social justice, equality, and service," Calvo said.

Dr. King served his community selflessly, and it is our civic duty to keep his legacy burning bright by continuing to do the same. 
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