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01/19/04

Moss Point Remembers King Legacy

Chanting "we shall overcome," the words that have come to symbolize Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy, a small but vocal crowd braved chilly breezes to march in the streets of Moss Point. King made many such marches in his fight for equality and non-violence.

"A lot of his dream has come true, you see that everyday right here," Ira Polk says.

Many people say the civil rights leader would be proud of the racial progress America has made. But Polk and others say all races must strive harder for unity.

"We are going back as fast as we have gone forward because we just get the participation we need out of the minorities. We have asked them to join, we have asked everybody to come join in. We're not gonna be able to do anything unless we unite as one" says Margie Baxter.

Edward Broughton agrees, saying, "I think we need to be together and work together. Working together brings on jobs, brings on better pay for everybody."

King's teachings have been passed down to even the youngest of marchers, like 11-year old Jamilyek Troy.

"I've heard that he tried to bring peace to white and black and he wanted us to come together and make one."

To some extent, Dr. King's struggle was not in vain. But those keeping his legacy alive say his work will never be done.

byMarcia Hill

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