Scott County residents vow to carry on MLK's legacy

Published: Jan. 21, 2019 at 11:06 PM EST
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Reflections on how far America has come in terms of social equality, and how far the country still needs to go, continued in Georgetown Monday afternoon.

Scott County residents gathered to celebrate the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life, with a march and ceremony.

"This truly means a lot. This is commemoration of Martin Luther King and his efforts in trying to make it better for everyone. Not just African-Americans, but for all people of all colors," said attendee Uneeda Bryant.

Guest speakers talked about how the civil rights leader advocated for non-violent, but direct, action. Many also shared quotes and personal stories of how Dr. King's quest for equality shaped the country we live in today.

While many things have changed since King first called for action, some say continual division in the United States shows the job isn't finished.

"We have work to do and there are problems, but as for me and a number of other folks, we're just not going to be silenced. We're going to speak out against those things...realizing that as much as we protest against injustice and unrighteousness, that we still have to grow ourselves," said speaker Rev. Dr. Dwight Webster.

Like many schools, Georgetown College was closed on Monday, as the celebrations took place around campus. Students there were encouraged to carry on Dr. King's legacy.