A wreath was placed at the Dr. Martin Luther Kin Jr. Memorial at 24th and Lake Street in Omaha this morning. City Councilman Ben Gray addressed the crowd saying today is a day for reflection and remembering a great man.
Gray said, “Reflecting on an individual, a man who stood in the path and fought against racial bigotry and other forms of injustice that occurred in this country and around the world. This was a man who ready to do whatever it took, including giving his life to address the issues of racial bigotry and injustice as it relates to all people but especially people of color.”
Gray went on to say today is also a day to remain watchful. He says we have seen recently there is still racism and it is our job to recognize that bigotry, hatred and misunderstanding has to go.
This was one of several events taking place in the metro area today to honor the civil rights leader. There are also a number of day of service events ranging from food drives to clothing collections.