High School Students in Russellville Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

By Lauren Forsythe | 

Russellville celebrated it's 27th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Unity Walk Friday morning.

Hundreds came to honor the memory of the man who had a dream.

"I have a dream that one day my four children will be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character," says Rev. Dr. Kelly Miller Smith, Jr. of First Baptist Capitol Hill in Nashville as he quotes Dr. King.

Russellville and Logan County High School students, along with community members marched in remembrance of the man who led the Civil Rights movement.

"A lot of the events that went on during the 1960's, he was behind it and some of them you don't even know. So, I think it is extraordinary that people still continue to educate about Martin Luther King and as long as we continue to know what he was about then his dream will never die," Russellville High School senior, Kesi Neblett says.

"We just realize that he's made a huge impact on our country. Our country wouldn't be nearly the same without him and his civil rights movements. Without him this country would be completely different," Ben Wright, a Logan County High School Sophomore, says.

The crowd marched from 5th St. to the Old Logan County Courthouse where speakers talked about the impact of Martin Luther King.

"We must also empower others to uphold King's dream. We all have a responsibility to serve. Sometimes the challenges we endure can be used as blessings to help others," says keynote speaker Dr. Rana Johnson, Chief Diversity Officer of the Kentucky Council on Post-Secondary Education.

"They were affected by the color of their skin because some people were black, some were white, and some were from other nationalities," Rev. Dr. Smith says.

And each year we are reminded on this three-day weekend that it was Dr. King who ended segregation.

Governor Steve Beshear is urging Kentuckians to volunteer this weekend in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy.

He says participating in the National Day of Service tomorrow will honor King's life, and works to build strong communities.

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