Cleveland anchor Leon Bibb told viewers of ABC affiliate WEWS he is sitting at the anchor desk today because of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Yesterday, during the 5:00 p.m. newscast on the holiday celebrating the civil rights leader, Bibb reported on-air about the MLK breakfast in Cleveland, but also wrote a piece on the station website talking about King’s legacy.
Even though Dr. King was felled by an assassin’s bullet at the age of 39 in 1968, his voice and his words still ring loudly. They are not only played on television and radio, they resonate in the hearts of generations of people who struggled to be part of the American fabric in every way. I am one of those who is a product of the Movement. Had it not been for it and Martin Luther King, I would not be the news anchorman I have become. Many millions of blacks, and Asian, and Native Americans, and women, and scores of other ethnic groups would not enjoy the liberties they currently enjoy.
Bibb also told viewers, “Martin Luther King and the movement lifted black people, not only blacks but everyone. America was lifter to a higher level. For those of us who grew out of the accomplishments of the movement we revisit the movement and the man, every moment of every day.”
Click here to read his entire piece.