guest speaker at the Fort McCoy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observance
said he was inspired to support the late civil rights leader’s goals
by his participation in the Freedom Marches in Chicago in 1966.
Pastor Ron Tobin of the Tomah
Baptist Church speaks at Fort McCoy’s Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr. observance. (Photo by
Ron Tobin of the Tomah Baptist Church said as many other people in his
generation, he was moved by King’s "I Have a Dream"
speech, and believed that real change was possible.
Chicago when he was growing up, as in many other places, people
witnessed bigotry, prejudice, oppression, etc., of another race, he
the nation has come a long way, as evidenced by the presidential
election, where a candidate of African-American heritage was elected
president and many other advances that have been made. King’s dream
is not complete yet, but it does need to be completed, he said.
military has shown one way to move toward King’s dream of equality
for all. Tobin said it didn’t happen by accident, but by design and
the civilian sector, religion can help lead the way by showing that
seeking redemption is one way to get out of or solve a problem, he
said. "Redemption helps not just the person being redeemed, but
the person who is (facilitating the steps that need to be accomplished
to accomplish the redeeming) is benefitting, too," Tobin said.
Fort McCoy Equal Opportunity program hosted the observance. Sgt. 1st
Class Claudia Simpson said Tobin brought a unique, historical
perspective to the audience.
can read from a book or quote someone about what Dr. King meant to
them," Simpson said. "I thought it would be better and more
informative to have someone here who actually experienced that time in
shared his personal insights and what King’s teachings meant to him,
more information about the EO program and future events, call Simpson
at (608) 388-3246.