Greenwich residents gathered at the YWCA Thursday evening for a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event honored Greenwich High School student Treasure Pray with the Racial Justice Scholarship award.
"The one line where he said we all need to hold hands and come together I think that's really important because even today we suffer through racism and prejudice, even in 2014, and although we've progressed a lot we're still not where we could be," says Treasure Pray of Greenwich High School.
Keynote Speaker Jonathan Holloway drew on the words of Frederick Douglas to open his inspiring remarks about Dr. King.
"I'm hoping that tonight I'll be able to expand their notion of how King matters to us all, not just as an advocate of the African American freedom movement or an advocate for anti-poverty campaigns, but something that actually ties all of us together regardless of our racial heritage or socioeconomic background," says Jonathan Holloway, Ph.D. and Chair of Yale University Department of African American Studies.
First Selectman Peter Tesei, Representative Stephen Walko and Representative Fred Camillo joined the speakers in offering the participants advice to remember throughout the year.
"If we sacrifice our ego, we can do great things in the service of other people and that's the stuff that makes you feel best," says Holloway.
"Surround yourself with people that love you because without my family and my friends and all of my beliefs I would never be able to accomplish what I have thus far," says Pray.
Monday, January 20th is the official day to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but the participants of the YWCA event hope that residents will live out his dreams daily.