Inspired by Martin Luther King Junior

High Storrs students at Martin Luther King event
High Storrs students at Martin Luther King event
Second Steps
Second Steps

Story and photos: Seraphin Nyirenda

Luther King was an inspired and wonderful person who an entire black generation trusted and put their hope in.

I have a dream… What is your dream?

On Monday 21st January at Christ Church Pitsmoor, the Martin Luther King Junior Planning Group organised an event, reminding us how wonderful Martin Luther King was and how his war for freedom, justice and equality began.

Over 50 people from all generations came together for the event, creating a lovely atmosphere. We had performances with dancers from Ellesmere Youth Project, High Storrs and Second Step. We also had discussion groups looking at violence, speaking out, justice and love:


People concluded that hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that. It is not good to react in violence.

Speaking out:

The entire group concluded that our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about the things that matter.


MLK was fighting for justice; people should not wait for others to fight for their justice. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.


Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend. We need to show to others that only love is the way to fulfil our dream. Lolita Allen, presenter for the evening, spoke about the need to love and respect all humans and treat them as equals.

“I am convinced that if we succumb to the temptation to use violence in our struggle for freedom, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and our chief legacy to them will be a neverending reign of chaos.”

Lolita said gun crime is a problem now in Sheffield, England and all over the world. Not only should friends talk about stopping this before people die, but so should all adults, teachers, and the people working in the Churches and Mosques if we are going to win the fight against guns.

Lloyd Samuels, a Sheffield Live presenter said,

“This is a right time to stop and fight against the injustice and racism by acting justly and honesty, we should trust and believe in God.”

The event was finished by a song from Second Steps, which was a popular song for freedom.

The Martin Luther King Junior Planning Group needs your help and support. For more details please contact Nick Edmondson on 07725 569 380.

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