Speak Out…What does the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. mean to you?

Monday, Jan. 17 was Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so we asked Pittsburghers what it was to them and this is what you said.

“It means that we finally made it to freedom from all his hard work. His birthday is a day to celebrate all the trials and tribulations he went through. We will always remember him.”
Wilson Perry
East Liberty


“His legacy celebrates a time when the idea of unity was hopeful. The thing that MLK stood for is unity in all cultures. A lot of people look at his legacy as a celebration of Black history. I look at it as celebrating all history. For me it means that hope still exists.”
Lea C. Carrington

“The legacy of MLK is broader than Black history. He did things to bring people together. That’s why he got killed. What he showed me is that you can do whatever you want. You have to strive and push forward. That’s the spiritual life, it’s what he stood for, that’s the life he lived no matter what.”
Chauwaga J. Carrington

“The legacy of MLK is so great. He’s always a main focus for Black history month. It took a lot of courage for him to do what he did during the Civil Rights era and his work inspires me as a Black person.”
Sarah Jackson

“He opened a lot of opportunities for African-Americans. We still have a long way to go. Our youth need to realize what sacrifice was made by people like him.”
Clayton Scott

“I think that he opened doors for a lot of people. It makes me feel good that there was someone to represent our people the way that he did.”
Serenity Scott
North Side

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