Video: It’s our duty to change bad habits, student tells Morristown MLK service

Sarah Williams addresses MLK service in Morristown, Jan. 21, 2019. Image by Bill Lescohier
Sarah Williams addresses MLK service in Morristown, Jan. 21, 2019. Image by Bill Lescohier


America’s future is too important to entrust to others–especially others who would do us harm.

That was the message from Morristown-Beard senior Sarah Williams, who addressed Monday’s Martin Luther King Day service at Morristown’s Calvary Baptist Church.

“We must come together to better our country. We cannot afford to do nothing,” said Williams, the daughter of Bethel A.M.E. Church Pastor Sidney Williams Jr.

‘We cannot walk away,’ says Sarah Williams. Video by Bill Lescohier for

Too many Americans are fighting each other since Donald Trump’s election as president, Sarah Williams told the gathering, the town’s 49th annual celebration of King’s birth. (The slain Civil Rights leaders would have turned 90 this month.)

The United States generates 27 percent of the emissions causing climate change, Sarah Williams said. Yet Trump removed the nation from the Paris Agreement in 2017.  When the student attempted to discuss this with a Trump-supporting friend, she finally gave up and walked away.

Sarah Williams realizes that was a mistake.

“We cannot walk away,” said the Morristown resident, who is bound for the U.S. Naval Academy this fall. She believes everyone must be responsible for protecting our planet: “It is my duty to change my bad habits.”

During the 1963 March on Washington, King said it was time to make the future a reality. That still applies, Sarah Williams said.

“We need to remember that hope springs eternal,” she said.

Morristown Green correspondent Bill Lescohier contributed to this report.


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