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Jackson Co. residents march to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


More than 100 people marched in Moss Point to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Jackson County Southern Christian Leadership Conference heads up the celebration every year. Marchers said they continue to see Dr. King's dream become reality around the world.

Gospel spirituals could be heard among the crowd of pastors, political leaders, and citizens from across Jackson County, as they began the two mile MLK unity march in Moss Point. Those who didn't walk rode in floats, cars and even bikes just to be a part of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. 

"I would say Dr. King was anointed to do this job. He was anointed to go out and love and try to help somebody," said SCLC President Addie Wells-Griffin. 

It's been more than four decades since King was brutally assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, but his message and mission still live on. 

"Dr. King was a great inspiration to us all because of how he sacrificed his life to make the world a better place for everyone to live in," Moss Point resident Merecedes Burrage said.

"That's all we can say is thank you for the dedication and servitude he did. He was an example for all of us," Moss Point Resident Calvin Mitchell said.   

Marchers said that example and legacy of leadership was exemplified today as the world watched the first African American president take the oath office for his second term. 

"That is an individual that was not judge by the color of his skin, but the content of his character. That was in his dream, so we see the reality of it today," Jackson County Supervisor Melton Harris said.  "I think that is a blessing across our country that we are getting away from some of the problems that have kept some of us down, and we are telling the youth everything is possible." 

A message of hope these marches promise to promote as they move forward, uplifting each other.

"We can continue to work together, love together, and keep reminding and training our children of the legacy of Dr. King," SCLC president said.

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