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1/10/2014 6:00:00 AM
Walk honors Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy
Seed for event was planted last year

Kim Steele
Miner Staff Reporter


KINGMAN - For the first time, local activists will gather this weekend for a walk to remember the ideals of Martin Luther King Jr., a leader in the civil rights movement.

The walk, sponsored by the Kingman United Pastoral Association, will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday, beginning at Trinity Episcopal Church, 425 E. Spring St. in Kingman. Food will be provided after the walk, and the church's archdeacon, the Rev. Veronica Ritson, will give an inspirational message.

Ben Rodenbeck, a deacon at Trinity Episcopal Church, said the idea came about last year when a group came through Kingman on a march supporting homosexual rights. A member of the church who hosted one of the marchers during the visit brought up the idea of doing a similar homosexual walk in Kingman.

"It quickly blossomed from a walk for homosexuals to a celebration of differences," said Rodenbeck. "If we put those differences together, we become much stronger as a people. So we're having an event where people can openly discuss what makes everyone unique. Martin Luther King was all about that. If you listen to his speeches, you'll see he was fighting for the rights of everyone."

King, born Jan. 15, 1929, was a clergyman, activist and humanitarian who used non-violent civil disobedience to advance his civil rights causes, from racial to economic justice. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in October 1964 for combating racial inequality through non-violence. In 1968, King was planning a national occupation of Washington, D.C. when he was assassinated on April 4 in Memphis by James Earl Ray, who shot him.

"I believe this event is carrying on Martin Luther King's work," added Rodenbeck. "I'm very excited about being a part of it."

Local agencies serving Mohave County are invited to set up tables and distribute brochures during the event, which was organized by members of Trinity, Divine Savior Independent Catholic Church, St. John's United Methodist Church and Grace Lutheran Church. The walk is free and open to the public.

Walkers will begin at Trinity, head to Palo Christi Elementary School along Pine Street, then go to the jail, head down Spring Street and to the city of Kingman complex before moving on to the Mohave County Courthouse and back to Trinity.

For more information, call Rodenbeck at (928) 263-9878.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, January 17, 2014
Article comment by: Amaryllis Smith

Nooo Wayyy

I am Scotch, Irish, Cherokee, and aware the Indians were here first.
Still doesn't give anyone the right to be so nasty to those who want to celebrate this day!


Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2014
Article comment by: Nooo Waaay

@ Ameryllis Smith and m c:

No matter what you try to come back with me on, it still will never change my mind about the dude having a stinking holiday while the native americans dont! I mean they was here even before Christopher Columbus was for god sakes! As i said before and will always say, he only helped his own people and i just refuse to recognize something i dont believe in. He mightve been BORN in america, but so wasnt others that did actual great things for the country and i dont see too many of them with their own holiday thats forced upon us so your statement about him being BORN here is totally irrelevent! I just dont see and will never see just why people make such a big deal out of this dude! I mean the banks and post offices,etc get that extra day off because of this bs!
Its just another day that disrupts everyday operations!


Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Article comment by: Amaryllis Smith

Nooo Wayyy,

Yes, he helped his people. Don't you expect to be helped by whoever Your people are if needed?
I've always been thankful I was born in AZ. and not the south and never had to witness the horrible treatment of black people or end up in the mist of a riot in the 60s.
I do believe those who continue to spew their hate and divisiveness between races should instead appreciate the fact white men fought against those of their own race to stop slavery.
The civil war didn't win for the black people rights they should have had.
This is a part in fault of our horrible education program in our schools and lack of teaching important and relative World and U.S. history!


Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Article comment by: john g

years ago they took good Friday as a off day for me and gave mlk day off why ? I wish to understand this .

Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Article comment by: m c

@ noo wayyy


Where was mlk born? Oh yea, America! So that does make him true American..nothing like a mlk artical to bring out the hate in Kingman.


Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Article comment by: tommy boy

@NOOO WAYYY

WELL SAID!!!


Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Article comment by: Amaryllis Smith

You are Welcome Mr. Moore!
But, I never gave permission to anyone. MLK day has been long standing in this state. I don't know why people have to be so nasty and write derogatory remarks about it.


Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Article comment by: buster brown

i guess they figure coins and sports teams honor natives enough. i dont think a baseball team called the negroes would fly.

Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014
Article comment by: Nooo Wayyyy

I just dont see why they made a holiday for this dude! Is there a holiday for TRUE americans, AMERICAN INDIANS, hell no! So why should there be a holiday for this fool when he did nothing except help his own people? I never recognize this holiday or anything associated with it!

Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“Bob Moore, READ the Bible!”

Ms Smith, What is obvious is that I have and you have not.

I find it interesting that you use the Old Testament to support your argument when another of the so-called Christians has vehemently told us, many times here, that Christians do not accept the Old Testament.

And to be accurate here is my comment, “And Jesus never said a work about homosexuals,” and to that end I will now ask you where Jesus ever condemned or even mentioned homosexuals?

There have been many biblical scholars that has put forth the precept that Jesus was gay. And in support of their contention point out that Jesus was one of the gentlest people who ever lived – he rejected the masculine code of valor and violence – he refused to marry – he avoided all sexual contact with women – he associated almost exclusively with men – he regularly kissed men.

“Americans have the right to celebrate the MLK day if they wish too.”

Thank you for giving YOUR permission.


Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

As a straight twice married, twice divorced white male, this whole panic about gays is amusing to me, let them marry, let them enjoy divorce, adultery, child custody disputes, marital property disputes, child visitation arguments etc., etc.! In a country where we have a 50%+ heterosexual divorce rate, majority of us do not seem to honor or succeed in this endeavor! I think this whole issue can be summed up in one bible passage, worry about the timber in your own eye before trying to pluck the splinter out of another's eye, we have all sinned and fallen short of gods glory, not one of us is fit to enter heaven except by Jesus's grace and salvation! What I read here most every day is hypocrisy!

Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2014
Article comment by: Doing Research

Amaryllis

Don't forget, Leviticus also mentions that lobster and shrimp are also abominations. Lev. 11:9-12.

Which means every time in your life that you've eaten a shrimp, in the eyes of God you've done something on the same level as "a man laying with a man."

God HATES shrimp, Amaryllis!


Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2014
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

"I imagine he would be of the, “don’t judge lest you be judged” class."

I'm sure that is your stock leftist view of any "alternative lifestyle", including pedophilia.



Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2014
Article comment by: Mama Bravo

I cannot believe some of the comments I am reading. What happened to the concept of love one another as God has loved us?

Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2014
Article comment by: Amaryllis Smith

JUST WONDERING, Well stated!

Bob Moore, READ the Bible! you are correct in that the term homosexual is not in the Bible,
However if you Lev. and continue through the New testament It Is Clearly stated, a man who lies with a man as he does with a woman it IS an abomination to God.

Americans have the right to celebrate the MLK day if they wish too. I imagine MLK has been rolling over in his grave at a steady pace with all the racial chaos since Ob took office.
Worse than in years!
The Black people in America are not African Black, they are Black Americans just like the rest of us are Scotch Irish or whatever Americans.


Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2014
Article comment by: FYI funny thing, facts

The principal organizer of the great march on Washington, and close colleague of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was Bayard Rustin - an out and open gay man. But please understand, this celebration of MLK is NOT about homosexuality, it is about peace, justice and respect for all peoples.

Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2014
Article comment by: F H

Buster, dignity in knowing all humans are respected.

It should be noted that one of MLK's closest assistant was Bayard Rustin, an openly gay black man.

It's difficult to read many of the comments here. It's shameful that some humans are so eager to denigrate their fellow humans. They seem to think by pointing out how a certain segment of our society is different, that group is less than human. We live in a world becoming smaller and closer everyday.

The only way mankind can live on this earth peacefully is to recognize differences - celebrate differences, enjoy the diversity God made in mankind. This event is a way to do so. Hopefully, all those in our community interested in fair, respectful treatment of all difference will participate.


Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2014
Article comment by: Love the Human Rainbow

Dr. King said none of us is free unless all of us are free.
I am so proud of these churches, their leaders, and their members for showing love and acceptance to their fellow human beings. It has been dismaying to hear so many religious people say and do hateful things in the name of their religion. Jesus never said anything at all against homosexuals and he certainly never said being homosexual was a deterrent to being acceptable to him or to entering the Kingdom of Heaven. In fact, time and again he said the main obstacle to being his follower was the accumulation of money. He constantly admonished his followers to share what they have with the poor and needy. When a young man asked what he needed to do to be a disciple of Jesus, he was told to sell all that he had and give the money to the poor. Yet, many religious people today worship capitalism and despise their fellow man.
This walk is not just about accepting our homosexual brothers and sisters with love, it is about celebrating human diversity and showing our love to all of humanity regardless of race, age, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, or nation of birth. Thank you sponsors. I will be joining you to show my solidarity with the true Christian message of love and non-judgement.


Posted: Saturday, January 11, 2014
Article comment by: just wondering

You don't make something strong by adding weakness. You don't stengthen morals by adding and condoning immoral behavior. A rotten apple spoils the bunch, doesn't make it stronger. All religions are gonna rot from within if they don't stop settling for allowing sinful, sick behavior in religion and society. Why can't I marry my sister, brother, cousin, where does it end? With common sense and moral behavior. Another thing, MLK was all about money for the state of Az., nothing more. I no people, realtors etc. that only voted for it be cause it would benefit them financially. Homosexuality is not a civil right and should not be lumped in with MLK. Call it what it is, sick and immoral.

Posted: Saturday, January 11, 2014
Article comment by: Sassy Lassy

Now the homosexuals are using the message and the memory of Martin Luther King Jr to further their agenda? Shameful.

Posted: Saturday, January 11, 2014
Article comment by: On Each Of Us

BB: I think the Bible would tell the crowd if any among them were without sin, they could throw the first stone. Then, the Bible would tell the sinner, to go and sin no more. The Bible speaks to each and every one of us ... not just to the "other guy".

Posted: Saturday, January 11, 2014
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“i wonder what a man of god llke rev. king would think about being mixed in with homosexuals.”

I imagine he would be of the, “don’t judge lest you be judged” class.

“i think the bible is quite clear on that subject.”

I am going to make an assumption that you are a so-called Christian and as such – as we have been told by another so-called Christian here – do not accept the precepts handed down in the Old Testament. And Jesus never said a work about homosexuals.

And I am always fascinated with how obsessed so-called Christians are with what others do with their genitals. Kinda creepy if you ask me.


Posted: Friday, January 10, 2014
Article comment by: buster brown

if i remember correctly the only reason arizona passed the m.l.k. holiday was to make kissy points with the n.f.l. my question is... what do we get in return in honoring the homosexuals?

Posted: Friday, January 10, 2014
Article comment by: buster brown

i wonder what a man of god llke rev. king would think about being mixed in with homosexuals. i think the bible is quite clear on that subject.

Posted: Friday, January 10, 2014
Article comment by: Fr. Leonard Walker - pastor Divine Savior Catholic

Arizona may have been the last to honor Martin Luther King Jr. with a special day of remembrance, but we are not to be the least in celebrating the power of his message. So we are proud to do our part here in Kingman by having this "kick off" of a week to honor the struggle for human rights, dignity and respect. Especially when the poor are so denigrated by some political leaders and so maligned by letters to the editor it behooves us to listen again to the clarion call of a modern prophet such as MLK. We honor those who serve the sick and poor and those who work for the dignity and equality of the individual person be they of any color or nationality, political persuasion or sexual identity. Come join us - you don't have to agree with everything we say - just agree to honor our differences and pledge to respect one another.


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