I remember when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, I wasn’t on the mainland, I was 9 years old and still in the U.S. Virgin Islands. I remembered my mother saying, “They killed him too.” She was referring to the assassination of John F. Kennedy 4 years earlier. Two months after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Robert F. Kennedy was also assassinated. In my mom’s home there was a picture of these three gentlemen together.
I didn’t know what prejudices was. It wasn’t an issue on our island. I learned about prejudices from my friends, who were mostly southerners. I remember in family gathering, talk about slave revolting and the emancipation of our people. I give thanks to those that came before me and fought for what I have now. On Monday, January 19, 2015, out of respect for a man that was non-violent, my office will be close in observance.