Cheyenne VA hosts its annual celebration for the late Martin Luther King's birthday

Published: Jan. 15, 2020 at 6:59 PM CST
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The Cheyenne VA hosted its annual celebration for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. Members of the community showed up to the VA auditorium where they paid tribute to Dr. King for his efforts fighting for equality. People gathered around for a service which included a choir performance and resident pastor, Fred Gallop as the speaker. Gallop based his time of speaking off MLK's famous "I have a dream speech."

"Just let people know that we are truly equal. We're not looking for any group to be above any other group and just simply for all of us to have equality, true equality," Gallop said.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. He led the civil rights movement in the 1960’s where he delivered the “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963. King, Jr. won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and was assassinated in 1968.

"This was still Dr. King's dream to see people standing together to push the ideas that he had for us. It was beautiful, heartwarming, and I will continue to cherish that even going fourth."

Another point of Gallop's message was the importance of different cultures coming together.

"Just reaching out to someone who may be a little bit different or who may seek life a little bit differently I think will advance us tremendously as we move forward," Advanced Medical Support Assistant, LaKesha McDow-Kenner said.

The VA says they look to host the celebration again, next year.