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    Martin Luther King Jr., Day Observance Presented By HHC, USAG- Humphreys

    Martin Luther Kinf Jr. Day Observance

    Photo By Spc. Alaura Lucas | U.S. Army Soldiers, civilians and Family members pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King...... read more read more



    Story by Spc. Hayden Hallman 

    20th Public Affairs Detachment

    CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea– Camp Humphreys community members commemorated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the annual observance Jan. 22 at the Four Chaplains Memorial Chapel.

    As guest speaker, Sgt. Maj. James Morris from Jackson, Mississippi, the Eighth Army Chief Religious Affairs Non- Commissioned Officer, described King as a champion of non-violence who believed that peaceful means could result in peaceful ends. As the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient at the age of 35, King's crusade for equality started in the South and made its way across the nation.

    “Volunteering, seeking opportunities to serve others and to search for needs, to fulfill those needs were at the crux of Dr. King’s aspirations and dreams,” said Morris. “The derogation of that dream is when we as humanity choose to seek out selfish desires, rather than the desires of our fellow man.”

    Morris said that King advocated love over hate, and he never gave up hope that society would embrace the values of diversity and equality.

    “As the men and women who serve, the truth of sacrificial love for humanity was at the point of what Dr. King stood for,” he said.

    Morris said that everyone can honor King's legacy by continuing his work and working together.

    “When we aspire to see great change, groups of like-minded members conspire to aspire for change to transpire, and regardless of how much you may perspire, they remain inspired even until the time they expire,” said Morris.

    Morris then reflected on King’s message of unity and how great things can be accomplished through teamwork.

    “True change comes to fruition through groups who have conspired to work together,” he said. “The sum total of a group is far greater than the outcome of one single person. The civil rights movement was not a one man show but people acting together for a common purpose and a cause.”

    “His legacy helped to change the nation and the world,” Morris concluded. “He was the voice of peace in a chaotic world which helped lead people together against injustice.”

    The observance, hosted by U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, drew a capacity crowd at the Four Chaplains Memorial Chapel. Chaplain (Maj.) Jacob Snodgrass, a plans and operation chaplain and lead pastor on Camp Humphreys, thanked Morris for his thought-provoking speech.

    "It is important what he said about recognizing what an impact you can have on your community through volunteering," Snodgrass said. "His emphasis on the work of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did through helping others and defending the rights of his brothers and sisters is significant.”

    The observance ended with a march on post, led by members of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the same fraternity that King was a part of, which circled back to the chapel in remembrance of King’s historical marches.



    Date Taken: 01.22.2020
    Date Posted: 01.23.2020 01:00
    Story ID: 360002
    Location: CAMP HUMPHREYS, KR 
    Hometown: JACKSON, MS, US

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