On Wednesday, some of the best, brightest and biggest names in the past and present struggle for civil rights broke bread at the Washington, D.C., Convention Center as a part of the Martin Luther King Memorial Dedication Week.
On Wednesday, a civil rights luncheon brought together everyone from the Rev. Jesse Jackson, to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee to speak on the past and how far Black people have come in the time since Dr. King’s death. Entertainers such comedian Jonathan Slocumb and soap opera star Victoria Rowell also joined in to share their thoughts and show their support, providing some laughs and some insight for their dining guests.
While he did say he was “on-call” for the rest of the weekend, we can only assume that he can sit back since Irene seems to be handling business all by herself. Either way, Jonathan said that he’s looking forward to seeing “our people together in pride and just overall exuberance about how far we’ve come. You know, this is just historical. I’m happy to be here.”
Through her efforts, Victoria is one of many who have made it clear that there is still work to be done, but she is certainly doing her part: after speaking her piece on the inequalities she noticed on-set, two African Americans, four-time Daytime Emmy winner Susan Dansby and known soap director Albert Alarr have been hired to work on the show. Victoria also expressed her desire to rejoin the cast as Drucilla Winters, the character she played during her run on the show.
While, unfortunately, we’ll have to wait a month or two for the conclusion to the celebrations of this week, the dedication will be open for the public to enjoy starting on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon.
Check out pics of the memorial below!
Photos: MLK Memorial
Victoria Rowell airs out soap opera