Remembering Dr. King

With Martin Luther King Day as the next holiday on the calendar, NYLiberty.com is taking some time with our players and staff to commemorate Dr. King’s life and legacy.

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today."
-- Martin Luther King Jr., Speech at Civil Rights March on Washington, Aug. 28, 1963

“My first reaction when reading those words: Amazement!” said forward Erlana Larkins. “I'm amazed at how someone could have had the courage to try and alter stereotypes, perceptions, stigmas, etc. during a time where things of that nature were not acceptable. To me, Dr. King did something that will be forever remembered.”

“My heart lifts,” said legend Kym Hampton of Dr. King’s quote. “I put myself in that place and instantly feel universal love, not the fear that keeps us from that beautiful dream.”

“That particular quote has always stood out to me,” said guard Loree Moore. “Even though I grew up in an environment where skin color was never an issue, that quote resonates with me. That is how the world should operate. You can't measure someone’s worth by what they are (race), but only by what they do and how they live their life (character).”

Kym Hampton on the importance of service: When I see service as it is done today, often it seems like more of an investment or an opportunity for someone to capitalize on. When I think of service during my grandmother’s time,  it seemed more genuine. Service is so important, especially when it is done from the heart. The doer actually gets more than the receiver, but the impression for both last a life-time. We were all given special gifts and talents to give away whether we are “rich and famous” or not.

Erlana Larkins on the importance of service: Service is very important to me because I didn't come from much growing up. So to be able to give back to kids that were like myself, is very special. It makes me feel good to do little things that will make other people’s day, or maybe even change their life. You don't know the impact you can have on someone’s life when you do something simple for them. You’re not looking for anything in return, just doing it out of the goodness of your heart.

Servicing the community was a part of my collegiate experience – each year we would pick a child /family who was less fortunate to buy a gift(s). We’d also volunteer at the UNC hospital in the children's unit. Community service as an athlete is very important because it shows people that you’re capable of more than just putting a ball in a basket for a living, but you’re a person who’s looking to help in any way possible.

If interested in making a contribution to the King Center, log onto TheKingCenter.org.