MLK III speech outlines his hopes for the future

To commemorate the 24th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the University of Vermont hosted King’s son, Martin Luther King III, last Thursday in Patrick Gym.”I was curious to hear his take on everything that’s been going on in the world recently,” sophomore Dan Yanofsky said. “I thought he carried himself well, I thought he had a very important message that really rang true for the world today. “A lot of what he was saying, a lot of people need to hear, because they are truths that are not present in a lot of society,” he said.A standing ovation from the large audience met King’s arrival at the podium.King compared the current sociopolitical climate to that of his father’s, saying that we are at a pivotal time in the history of our nation and our world. “We are on the brink of some of our greatest history,” King said. “It’s going to take many of us to be engaged to transform our nation.”King said that many injustices still face people in America and around the world, such as poverty and war. “I believe that peace matters … in our homes and around the world,” he said.King also said he had hope for the future under the leadership of President Barack Obama.”I believe that we will get there, particularly under the leadership of our president, because that is what he inspired in so many across our nation,” King said. “For 25 years, I’ve been saying to young people ‘it is important that you cast your vote.'” The audience also contained many people who were not UVM students, such as Burlington resident Jessica Bridge.”It’s not every day that you get to be in the presence of people who work so hard toward peace,” she said. “I think that sometimes it’s important to look past the delivery and really focus on the message.”