Carver-Hill speaker's Black History Month message: 'Stand for something' (VIDEO)

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The Rev. Edward Parker, of First Church of God In Christ, accepts a commemorative plaque from Willie C. Hutchison on Friday night at the Carver-Hill Center. Parker was this year's guest speaker at Carver-Hill Historical and Memorial Society's Black History program.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 10:56 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Continuing the legacy of influential black Americans like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., George Washington Carver and Harriet Tubman requires involvement from younger generations, speakers at Carver-Hill Memorial and Historical Society's Black History Month celebration said Friday.

The Rev. Edward J. Parker, pastor of First Church of God in Christ, called King a "visionary" whom God moved "to stand for something and stand for a people."

"That meant something," he said, adding that he hopes younger generations can appreciate the slain civil rights leader's sacrifice.

Community involvement

Reaching younger residents is crucial to ensure that they reach their full potential, Parker said, adding the community should take active roles in all children's lives.

"It's something we have to do," he said. "Back when we were growing up, everybody raised us."

Parker said he recalled neighbors and churchgoers reporting misbehavior to parents. He added that he believes similar measures could help ensure Crestview's children have bright futures.

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