Biloxi celebrates MLK Day with annual Battle of the Bands

Civil rights icon James Meredith was also honored

Biloxi celebrates MLK Day with annual Battle of the Bands

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The annual Battle of the Bands brought together performers and visitors from across the South.

The City of Biloxi honored civil rights leader James Meredith before the show began. Meredith was the first black student to be admitted to the then-segregated Mississippi University in 1962, a move that was one of the launching points for the civil rights movement. Meredith was the featured guest speaker at the Battle of the Bands, talking about his friendship and admiration for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

From the field to the stands, people danced as they watched the bands compete.

Visitors say they were happy to see Dr. King’s dream be celebrated on the Coast.

“That’s what it’s all about, the love and the unity," said Rodney Freightman. “We just came out to participate in the festivities, and it was awesome.”

Donna Williams dressed up in purple and gold to show support for Alcorn State University’s Sounds of Dyn-O-Mite marching band. She believes people should carry on the message of Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have A Dream Speech" through their daily actions.

”The vision is not one day of the year," she explained. “If you have a dream, you dream seven days. seven nights, you have a dream. It’s just when you wake up, what you do with that dream."

Battle of the Bands was the last stop of today’s MLK Parade in downtown Biloxi.

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