Martin Luther King Celebration

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

"Its just neat to see all of these people come out today. It’s a lot of people."

"A lot of young people, they don't realize how much the struggles they had to go through to get that business."

"And they all have one reason to be here and that's to be together, come together and celebrate this man together."

A man who's dream has helped shape a nation close to 40 years after his death.

"It’s a long way to go to be considered equal. We're just about 40 percent there but there's still another 60 we need to make. We still do have opportunities," says William Parris, who marched during today's celebration.

During her speech in the MLK tribute at State Street Baptist Church, Dr. Betty Griffith notes, "We've got to get past this notion that complexion has everything to do with support."

Support that led king and many others through the darkest part of the civil rights movement.

"Together they marched in the streets of Selma, sang in Birmingham, went to jail in Nashville so that you and I could come together today. Don't take that lightly," said Dr. Griffith in her speech.

When this movement is all said and done, Monday's march has brought us one step closer to meeting Doctor King's dream.

"This march has helped because it’s got the youth involved. They touched on the history and if you don't know where you've come from you might turn around and make the same mistakes and that’s what we need to let our youth understand the struggles that we've gone through in the past," says Parris.

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