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St. Thomas Senator Leads The Community In Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Day 2019

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Senator Marvin Blyden said he joins the Virgin Islands community in celebrating the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, urging all Virgin Islanders to live by the principles Dr. King embodied.

“At a time when so many people, from young men on our streets to officials at the highest levels of the federal government, have decided to embrace conflict rather than cooperation, the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is more important than ever before,” Blyden said. “In the words of Dr. King, ‘we must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.’ As we create a new beginning in so many ways, let us all reflect on the truth of these words and pledge to work together to bring about the change we want to see. Let us also pledge to settle our differences civilly and peacefully, as brothers and sisters. We must build each other up so that we can all move forward.” 

Senator Blyden said he encourages all Virgin Islanders to engage in acts of service to commemorate this national hero.

He also invited the community to participate in the various events taking place this weekend.

Martin Luther King Day will be celebrated Monday January 21, 2019.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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