Monday January 21, 2002 -- Kahului, Maui:
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March celebrating the man and his “Dreams” was well attended. There were approximately 200 marchers that started from Maui Community College at 9:30 a.m., and walked down to the Maui Mall. Marchers were carrying banners, and signs with words of peace, harmony, equal rights, brotherhood, and Aloha. It was a celebration of a great man and his dreams, words, and life work. Unfortunately, his life was cut short, but his dreams, words, and work lives on.
The Marchers were greeted by inspiring entertainers and presenters as they reached their destination in the main court of Maui Mall. It was a beautiful morning and the message of the day was to keep his “Dream” alive. There was a group of young students from the local elementary schools that gave a Time Line of Dr. King's life. There were several performers using music, song, and dance to celebrate the Dream--We can win each other's friendship and live together as brothers and sisters.”
Mayor “Kimo” Apana gave a heartfelt speech celebrating the life and the dreams of Martin Luther King, Jr.. Kimo's words were inspiring to those present. He was articulate, and passionate with his words. He spoke of Dr. King's work, and how one man made such a difference throughout the world. He spoke of a man that continues to make a difference and he motivated us to realize that each one of us can make a difference. He spoke of equal rights, peace, fairness, and kindness--the dreams that MLK, Jr. lived for, furthered, and continues to spread. Mayor Apana said that here in Hawai'i we have a word that encompasses all of these noble dreams – ALOHA! He ended his tribute by telling us that we can all make a difference on Maui and throughout the world if we “Live Aloha.”
The organizers of the event played a recording of Dr. King's “I Have a Dream” speech in its entirety. Those attending were spellbound by the power, and timeliness of MLK's words. The live audience responded much the same way that the audience from 1963 in Washington D.C. must have responded. As a Speech Teacher, I have read, watched, analyzed, and listened to MLK's “I Have a Dream” speech countless times. Every time I hear his speech I get chills/goosebumps/chicken skin throughout the speech, and today was no exception. But, hearing it today with a large crowd responding to the speech just as I would imagine the real audience might have responded made the speech even more powerful.
It was a great morning. If you weren't able to attend you can listen to Dr. King's Speech, and learn more about his life, words, actions, ideas, and DREAMS on the pages of tribute on this site. Keep the Dream Alive -- Live Aloha!!
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