“Victory today. Victory today is mine. I told Satan to get thee behind because victory today is mine,” the voice of singer Dorothy Self boomed to fill the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, where about 200 people had gathered to commemorate the life of slain civil rights leader, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.
“Dr. Martin Luther King was all about love,” Self said. “He was about peace. He was about happiness. So, victory can be mine, but we know that it can be a struggle. But he didn’t start this for us to give up.”
Her words set the solemn yet celebratory tone at the three-hour long event, sponsored by City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), where there were a number of crowd-pleasing performances. The Edge School of Arts dance troupe did ballet, tap and modern routines, a young Darius Jones recited a portion of King’s famous “I have a dream” speech and Civil Court Judge Ulysses Leverett recounted a brief history of slavery and oppression as well as of King’s life and accomplishments.
“Remember today Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” Leverett, said. “Seek freedom, work for justice and enjoy this day.”