Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King and his effect on race relations

By Josh Resnek

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

If you have ever visited the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, then you might have noticed there is an inscription about way up the granite stairs leading to the memorial.

The inscription reads: I HAVE A DREAM MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. There is also inscribed in the marble the date of the event memorialized with an impressive inscription.

The famous inscription noting where MLK stood.

It was right there on that spot in front of Lincoln’s impressive statue in 1964 that MLK delivered his triumphant speech during the historic March on Washington when 250,000 mostly Black men, women and children travelled to Washington DC to speak out against segregation when race relations were literally on the rocks.

The speech King delivered, which many of us can remember well, is called the “I Have A Dream Speech. It is considered one of the epic, notable, brilliant and compelling speeches of the 20th Century and with good reason.

King brought 250,000 people to Washington DC to plead for their rights while at the same time to implore officials to end the segregation that was so corrosively ugly and damaging during that decade in American history.

The setting for the speech on the steps of the Lincoln memorial, within view of Congress, the reflecting pool and the White House on the National Mall in the centre of Washington D.C. made the speech an international spectacle. Dr King called it hallowed ground. It is no wonder that this speech has gone down in American history as one of the seminal moments in the life and times of our democracy.

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Richard Sasso Was A Good Guy

(Photo by Joe Resnek)

Richard Sasso took a great deal of pride in his restaurant on Norwood Street, the 8/10 Bar & Grill.

Those of us who enjoyed Richie’s company, and his food, found the 8/10 a very comfortable place.

Richie took a great deal of interest in what he served and he insisted it should be fresh, always, tasty, and if it was steak that you preferred, the 8/10 excelled at that kind of dish.

He most always sat at the far end of the long bar watching everyone meander in.

He was talkative, friendly, and humorous, always.

The restaurant where he spent his work life was a monument to his understanding about what to do with a small city legendary eating place.

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Michael Matarazzo, Former City Clerk, Historian, Musician, Politician, Real Estate Broker – an Everett Man for All Seasons

By Josh Resnek

Michael Matarazzo, one of Everett’s best known and best liked former public officials, died suddenly last Thursday.

He was 68.

Mike “Marty” Matarazzo

Mr. Matarazzo’s death was made all the more difficult and impossible to deal with for his family and friends because it occurred so close to the recent death of his son, Michael in April at the age of 36.

Mr. Matarazzo was devastated and he was thrown into a state of deep despair by his son’s death – as was his entire family.

It is very likely that “Marty” as he was lovingly known, died of a broken heart.

Mike Matarazzo as city clerk was among the most widely known and respected public servants in Everett’s modern his- tory. He cast a substantial presence in the clerk’s office during his 11 year tenure as city clerk.

Mr. Matarazzo was a good looking man with a great smile and a hearty laugh and a good sense of humor. He was a major league character in the life and times of the city of Everett. He knew of what he spoke at all times. Residents with needs were always drawn to him – and he never disappointed them.

He was an honest, hard-working, intelligent public official at city hall as clerk and as a member of the former Board of Aldermen many years before.

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The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Josh Resnek

Martin Luther King moved the hearts and minds of hundreds of millions of people around the world when he was alive.

MLK has achieved a wider significance in death.

His triumphs over darkness for his people, for all people, stand as a historical monument to the violent era in which he lived and came into prominence.

His leadership of the non-violent movement to achieve racial equality and justice provided him one of the most powerful political and social platforms of the era.

He created a huge following.

Those of us old enough to recall him, when he was young, when we were young all instantly recognized his strong voice and his inflection, that of a Southern preacher singing the words that came out of him.

He was spiritual. He was hopeful. He set out on a path that brought him fame and applause as a young man.

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Happy Birthday Adam

Airman Adam Abdelgemid

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Airman Adam Abdelgemid just celebrated his 21st birthday.

As a kid growing up in Everett, he was excited and full of life since attending his first class at Patty Cake Day care.This was followed by attending the George Keverian School, then onto Pioneer Charter and ending up at Saugus High School when his family moved out of the city.

He graduated from Salem State University. He made the Dean’s List. Those who know Adam speak of his intelligence and his humility.

Since he was a kid, he has worked at the family business on Ferry Street, The Ferry Street Service Station – best known for its low gasoline prices, car repair services and the members of the Abdelgemid Family who have worked hard and smart since immigrating from Egypt many years back.

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