The birthday of Rev. Martin Luther King was celebrated island-wide Monday with singing, speeches, and a buffet lunch in Cruz Bay Park. The day began with a program in Coral Bay at the Guy Benjamin School, according to the St. John Source. A motorcade then brought celebrants to Cruz Bay where singing and speeches were followed by lunch.
Lorelei Monsanto was one of those who addressed the gathering. "Growth is happening, if we like it or not," she said, and encouraged businesses to hire locals. Sen. Craig Barshinger described the growth as "almost dizzy." Ninth graders from the Sprauve School remembered Dr. King’s hopes and said, in unison, "We must continue to dream."
Park Supt. Art Frederick conceded there are rough spots in the relationship between the Park and the community. "We have a lot of conflict," he said. He also announced that the son of one of Dr. King’s closest aides, the Rev. Ralph Abernathy III, will be on island next month to help celebrate the annual Folklife Festival. It’s scheduled for Feb. 22-24.