CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - During halftime of the Cavs vs. Golden State Warriors game Monday night 8 p.m., the team will remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the pastor, activist and humanitarian who led the African American civil rights movements.
The halftime performance will feature a powerful interpretation of a speech he gave at Cleveland's Glenville High School in 1967. With an assist from gospel musician Geoffrey Golden and children and family members from the Glenville community, the halftime will creatively unite Dr. King's impactful message with a specially-produced 3D court-projected tribute montage.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the piercing speech to the students during a historic visit 51 years ago on April 26.
Listen to his full speech, courtesy of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District:
He started his speech by saying, "I never feel like a stranger when I come to Cleveland."
He said he had many friends and acquaintances in Cleveland that are always welcoming him. He used the platform to address the problems across the country that were affecting all communities.
Dr. King, Jr. related to the students and faculty by talking about his times growing up. He said he attended a school with 7,000 children. He blamed his difficulty with reading on the overcrowded school.
A lot of his messages from the Glenville High School speech can be considered, by some, relevant today. "Our power does not lie in molotov cocktails. Our power does not lie in bricks and stones. Our power does not lie in bottles. Our power lies in the ability to unite in concrete programs. Our power lies in our ability to say non-violently that we aren't going to take it any longer."
Glenville High School held an event in April 2017 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his visit. The speech was replayed for the attendants. The benefits of the event went towards the Glenville High School Scholarship Program.