“I was at home when I heard it and it was disbelief. I couldn’t believe it,” said Saudra Green.
“I think I was at home doing laundry and the TV was on for the cherry blossoms. Something like that. And they broke in and said that he had been shot and it was like a relative,” said Florence H. Ross.
Like any lost relative, Mrs. Green and Mrs. Ross decided to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with a tribute.
“We started with the churches. When they would invite that church choir, like Mount Olive, the whole neighborhood would come. So we had good participation,” said Ross.
Sunday night was Arlington’s 50th tribute to King, featuring performers including Joy Gardner, the Hoffman-Boston All Star Chorus, and James Gibson.
Actor Christian Keyes of CW’s Supernatural and BET’s In Contempt and The Family Business hosted the event.
“He paid the price of a martyr. He paid that price. He was killed. And so we have to uphold him,” said Ross.