By Hadley Barndollar

PORTSMOUTH — As Dr. King once said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Those honoring the civil rights leader’s life Monday chose justice.

The annual breakfast and celebration held by the Seacoast NAACP graced South Church in Portsmouth this year with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy on display, contrasted with the present day use of what speakers called divisive, xenophobic language from the highest office in the United States.

This April will be the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination.

“A man whose life brought hope and healing to America,” said host of ceremonies JerriAnne Boggis, executive director of the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire. “A man who in death continues to inspire a nation to be courageous in our quest for equality and justice for all.”

The theme of this year’s celebration was Dr. King’s quote, “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” Boggis said Dr. King’s words summed up the fact that “while we might be from different backgrounds, gender, ethnicity, race or social class, in this space and in this time, we are all journeying together.”

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