Moss Point community marches in memory of Dr. King

By Patrice Clark – bio | email

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Dr. Martin Luther King's life and legacy was celebrated across South Mississippi Monday. Parades in Biloxi and Moss Point kept Dr. King's memory alive more than 40 years after his death.

Spiritual songs echoed down Martin Luther King Blvd.  People of all ages proudly marched about three miles in honor of a civil rights trailblazer.

"Dr. King was a man I admired," Mitch Ellerby said.

"Dr. King was a good man; he believed in everyone," fourth grader Torrase Atkinson said.

A good man who they say made a big difference before being assassinated when he was just 39.  Although Dr. King's life was cut short, the group sees his vision for equality and success carrying on, especially in the black community.

"Not only do we have leadership from the president on down, we have ambassadors, we have those in the musical world and the sports world," Ellerby said.

Along the parade route, people kept talking about what still had to be done to fulfill Dr. King's dream.

"You should give and get involved.  You should be willing to go down to Haiti and other countries to help these people who can't help themselves," Ellerby said.

"Maybe we should have more programs all year long to let people know that we have a history, a rich history that most of our kids don't know about," Moss Point Mayor Aneice Liddell said.

Hopefully this show of unity on MLK Day will also inspire more people, both young and old, to continue moving the dream forward.

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