STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - A Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration was held Wednesday night at Georgia Southern University.
Roland Martin has been one of the people leading the discussion of social issues in America for several years. A former newspaper and radio reporter, he transitioned to host his own commentary show on network television. He’s in town as part of the university’s observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, but his message to students is to separate the homogenized perception of the Civil Rights leader and look at the often-unpopular man who wasn’t afraid to confront America and point out the problems.
“So the challenge for us is to stop trying to deify King and take him off that mantle and say that he was a regular ordinary person who believed in these issues," Martin said. “How do you get folks to understand in the middle of the state? How do you teach people that we don’t just look backward? How do we still get people organized, mobilized, and moving forward to fight for the same issues?”
The speech was held at 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center on the Statesboro campus.