The Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.



Sophomores on Mercer’s men’s basketball team shared what Martin Luther King Junior’s Legacy means to them.  Kristian Smith (Hamilton, NJ/Nottingham) discussed how memorable the “I have a Dream” speech was.  “The speech influenced a lot of people to want to come together, not just in our country, but around the world. Martin Luther King Junior is also important because he helped people to understand that whites and blacks are equal, we’re not divided just because of our skin color. He talked about how people should just look at one another as a human, not as black, not as white.  It’s not just you’re black or you’re white, we’re all equal and we’re all human beings.”


Isham McClain (Pemberton, NJ/Pemberton HS) discussed how Martin Luther King impacted society. “When I think of Martin Luther King Jr, I think of how far society has come with racism and how society has improved over the years from the way things used to be.”


One thing that stood out to Anthony Rhodes (Hamilton, NJ/Nottingham) about Martin Luther King Jr. was “that one person can make a difference and change the world.  A lot of the effects he had didn’t resonate until after his death. Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t get to see the fruits of his labor, but so much changed after his death.  He showed that one man really can change the world.”


As we see from our interviews with some MCCC basketball players, there are many things we can take away from Martin Luther King Junior and his legacy and we are grateful to honor him and his legacy on MLK Day this year and every year.


To watch MCCC men's basketball players discuss what MLK Day means to them, visit: news/MLK-Day-MBball-3.3gp