Marking Martin Luther King Jr Day

Sunday, January 20, 2013

On this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, WNYC visits Morningside Heights to see how the neighborhood is marking the celebration - from bookstore displays to playground conversations.

24-year-old Soul Soumahoro says he's dating a white girl, and credits civil rights leaders like Dr. King for allowing inter-racial relationships to be acceptable in this country



Conversation between Matt Hackett and his 4-year-old son Gray, who said he'd mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day by playing with his mother and father.

MATT: Anything else? You gonna think about Dr. Martin Luther King?
GRAY: Mm, no.
MATT: Do you want mommy to tell you a little about Dr. Martin Luther King? He's pretty important, he did a lot of amazing things.
Would you like to learn some of the amazing things he did?
GRAY [obediently, if somewhat reluctantly]: I do.

Ritva Koistinen recently moved here from Finland but says she learned about Dr. King in her homeland. "It's great that this great man is honored with a day that carries his name."
Seitu Morel, 19, says Dr. King's greatness was that he worked "not just for the black community, but for everybody."
Frank Minaya Wilmore and his wife Dana will be spending Monday working on preventing cholera in Haiti
A bookstore in Morningside Heights, on Broadway


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