Personal takeaways from any celebratory event will vary and that is to be expected. However, when front page story of the Candor for the week of January 17, 2012 was: “Giving Back”, I was surprised: surprised that the Day of Service projects, which took place after the 17th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast, trumped the Breakfast Celebration with front page coverage. There was not one photo of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. or of Mawi Asgedon (the guest speaker) on the front page of page four where the story continued.
I applaud and thank our community for coming together and doing great work for such a worthwhile cause. However, we must honor and respect Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A more appropriate front page ‘lead’ would have been: “Remembering Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”, followed on page four with the ‘lead’ “Giving Back”.
As an ordained minister of the Gospel and an African-American who believes RESPECT is the fabric that binds all humans together. I was, for the lack of a better word “upset” at the style of the writing of the article “Remembering MLK” volunteers come together to make a difference…in the week of January 17, 2012 the Candor.
So what” upset” me: Glad you asked! The lack of not using the proper title for Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is disrespectful. Rev. Dr. King is an ordained minister and he holds an earned doctoral degree. Secondly, the paper placed two pictures referring to MLK day, but failed to have a picture of the honoree. (Interesting!)
It’s 2012! Wake UP!!!!!
Serving With Excellence
Rev. Linda D. Owens