MLK march

Community members march down Avenue E toward Friendship Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday.

A march honoring Martin Luther King Jr. was held on Sunday nearly 52 years after King was assassinated in Memphis.

A swarm of people participating in the march gathered in front of Greenwood Community Center at 2 p.m. on Sunday and walked to Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.

In addition to singing gospel songs as they walked, many people held up signs commemorating King.

The march had a police escort, and those participating ranged from young to older people.

“In the last 25, 30, 40 years, we have overcome in many ways, and we’ve got a long ways to go,” said community activist Carl Winters, who participated in the march.

MLK march

Community activist Carl Winters, left, and City Councilman Carl Palmer hold up a sign for Sunday’s annual Martin Luther King Jr.  march.

“We look forward to doing this every year, and it means a lot,” said City Councilman Carl Palmer. “We’re hoping that this helps to keep the dream alive, and each year we have more and more participants, so that in itself means we are keeping the dream alive.”

State Sen. David Jordan was one of the organizers for the march, and he helped lead the procession to the church.

He held a megaphone, sang gospel songs and happily invited passersby to join him and the rest of the group in the march.

After the march, a church service was held at Friendship. It  included the reading of King’s “I Have A Dream” speech by one of the church members, Marquii Washington Jr.

The Rev. Kerrick Nevels’ sermon focused on the history of King’s work and what that means for the world today.

“There is power in unity,” Nevels said. “Unity doesn’t mean we agree on every single thing; unity means that we all work together toward a common goal.”

Following the service, Jordan also gave an update on the state legislative session, which went into session on Jan. 7.  

“Let’s come together and work together for what is right for all of us,” Jordan said of both the march and upcoming legislative decisions.

Contact Kerrigan Herret at 581-7233 or kherret@gwcommonwealth.com.

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