By Tonya Jackson
The America Legion Post #193, aka The Post, has an annual tradition of honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. According to Robbie Greg, Post #193 Judge Advocate, this event is part of their mandate to inform and educate the community.
After the excitement of the King Parade they get down to business and feature speakers of substance. This year their featured speaker was Pensacola Police Chief David Alexander III. As a native of Pensacola
, Chief Alexander gave a heartfelt talk about our city and its youth. He encouraged all in attendance to be truthful with our young people. Chief eloquently stated that “everyone who looks different from you ain’t against you.” This message is always timely, but even more so when honoring Dr. King who knew the power of inclusion to create a better world for all.
Speaking before a packed house, Chief further stated, “We have a golden opportunity in this community to put some things in place so things don’t go back to the way it used to be.” He challenged all in attendance to reach out and help someone. Use your talent and testimony to help create better for our young people and ourselves. Additionally, “Tell the young people how hard it has been, not to make them mad, but to motivate them” to excel in the classroom and to create the safe neighborhoods and communities we all want.