(Atlanta, Georgia)… Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s time in The Bahamas and the correlation between that time spent and his receiving the Nobel Peace Prize 50 years ago this past December, are among The Bahamas’ most treasured stories of international significance. This, according to Consul General for The Commonwealth of The Bahamas to Atlanta and surrounding areas, Randy E. Rolle.
Rolle expressed his sentiments during the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in Atlanta. Among those attending and bringing remarks were Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Raphael Warnock, Dr. Bernice King (Dr. MLK Jr.’s daughter), Christine King Farris (Dr. MLK Jr’s sister) U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson and Rev. Anthony Motley. Georgia Governor Nathan Dealand Ga. Congressman Hank Johnson were also on the dais. Congressman John Lewis was there too.
“Many today are still unaware of the fact that Dr. King handpicked the island of Bimini in The Bahamas, just about 50 miles from Miami to work on his Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech in 1964,” said the Consul General who in fact is a native of that island. “In 1968, Dr. King also wrote the last speech he delivered to the Sanitation Workers in Memphis Tennessee while on Bimini.”
Rolle also noted that Bahamian Prime Minister Perry Christie and the government ensured that a new international heritage site was created on Bimini in Dr. King’s memory.
“You can find a bust of Dr. King at the Bimini Craft Center Located in Alice Town,” he told the scores
of attendees. “There is also a bust in the mangroves of Bimini where as I mentioned before, Dr. King retreated to clear his mind and commune with nature.”
“I share my Prime Minister’s sentiments when I say that Dr. King’s extreme sacrifice, his brilliant life and vision of non-violent change while impacting the United States of America and the international community, also inspired the founding fathers of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,” said Rolle. “While The Bahamas does not have the privilege of observing the King Holiday, I can assure you, that because of his far reaching impact and presence, the people of The Bahamas not only remember and celebrate Dr. King, we have vowed to find ways to act on the ideals and examples he has put in place and to keep is legacy alive in our hearts and in our beautiful Bahamaland.”
By: Arthia Nixon – The Ambassador Agency