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March for Dr. King in Hazard

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

Martin Luther King Junior Day is devoted to celebrating Dr. King's vision, one in which all people are viewed as equals.

Several events were held in Hazard including a march and a ceremony called "Visions of Unity."

These events were about more than just remembering the life of the man who stood for equality at a time when segregation was the norm.

"We've lived with slavery and segregation for 345 years, we've waited a long time for freedom," Dr. Martin Luther King Junior once said.

He was the leader of the Civil Rights Movement, a man who longed for equality among all people in this nation.

"Martin Luther King Junior, he did not come and he did not work and he did not die just for the African Americans. He worked for the totality of society," said keynote speaker Renee Shaw.

Dr. King fought tirelessly for his dream of seeing equality in our society. Since then, a lot of progress has been made, but some say more work can still be done.

"I've seen so many changes for the better for our community and our nation. So we are still working toward that dream," said Pastor at First Baptist Town Mountain John Pray.

Dozens of people marched down Highway 15 in Perry County in honor of Dr. King.

"We owe it to his legacy, but we owe it to each other to live in harmony, and to work for the betterment of our next door neighbor and our brother," said Shaw.

Shaw says this day is more than just a holiday, it's a time to keep that spirit alive and to stay focused on what true diversity means.

The march in honor of Dr. King started at the Hazard Community and Technical College and went to the Consolidated Baptist Church in downtown Hazard.


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