Outside of Bowling Green, Americans all over the nation are remembering the life of Martin Luther King Jr.
The First Baptist Church in Glasgow, held a ceremony and march in honor of Dr. King this afternoon, Monday, Jan. 15, 2007.
Assistant associate minister Barrett Wright said his church started marching 11 years ago. He said this holiday represents equality for all people.
“This is just not for one race. Martin Luther King was a people’s person, whoever was in oppression, he would stand up for them,” Wright said.
The march began at 12 p.m. It started at the Barren County Courthouse and ended at First Baptist Church. A service at the church began at 1 p.m.
“He stands for a man of peace, stands for a man of equality and justice. Someone who took a stand for what was right,” Wright said.
Reverend Wright said Martin Luther King Jr. has brought hope to oppressed people. He said Dr. King’s message has inspired him to do the same for his Glasgow community.
“We can not make it in this world by ourselves. Unity is probably the number one message that I got from him because just like our state motto, united we stand, divided we fall and I really believe that for the simple fact that together there is strength in numbers,” Wright said.
Reverend Mike Sublett said Dr. Martin Luther King’s message has helped Glasgow come a long way.
“I realize as I look back over my life and in my younger life where my type of race or the low class type of people couldn’t go in different restaurants we couldn’t go in the front door. We had to go through the back door and he opened the way, now we can go in the front door or whatever door we want to,” Sublett said.
Josephine Grainger has lived in Glasgow her whole life. She said she remembers drinking out of separate water fountains when she was a young girl. Now things are different. She said it’s because Dr. King brought love to Glasgow.
“We can mingle together and have harmony with black, white, red, blue, any color,” Grainger said.
Reverend Sublett said Glasgow still has a long way to go and hopes the residents of Glasgow can keep Dr. King’s dream alive.
“We are striving each day but the only way we can make it through on his dream we have to have a dream and we have to hope,” Sublett said.
Reverend Wright said about 40 people usually march each year and nearly 100 people come to the service to honor Dr. King.