Damon Lewis, Assistant Principal at Ponus Ridge Middle School said, "We still have the three "isms" in our society - racism, classism, and sexism. We have to ask ourselves, "what is our role in advancing Dr. King's dream?" "What is the legacy we want to continue as educators, as parents, and as elected officials""
Norwalk community members took time to reflect and asked the question "What is My Role" in Advancing the Dream during Norwalk Public Schools annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Monday.
Dr. Lynne More, Principal at West Rock Middle School said, "We can give a little of ourselves each day. Dr, King said, "greatness is determined by service.""
During the celebration, State Representative Bruce Morris said the day is not only to remember Dr. King's message, but to act on it as well.
"Part of the message of the King Center is to "celebrate and act. A day on, not a day off." Unfortunately, many of the holidays we have, kids just take it off and they're not given the opportunity to really reflect and think about the importance; in fact the adult do. If we continue to forget the struggle, forget the sacrifices people paid, if we forget the past, we are more likely to continue to have those mistakes in the future," said State Rep. Morris
"Every single one of these steps today is important because it does bring the community together, it does talk about the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, but also brings it to todays world. We're not talking about what happened in the 1960s, we're talking about what Dr. King might have said in the 1960s and how that relates to 2014 and I think that's very important," said Senator Bob Duff
Keynote speaker Dr. Duane Dyson, founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Violence Prevention Institute, Inc. and an Emergency Room Physician at Norwalk Hospital, also spoke about advancing Dr. King's dream.
"We must learn the pricipals that will bring us together and propel us upward not downward. Look forward not backward, move up and not sideways," said Dr. Dyson.