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City of Beaufort celebrates MLK Day with parade and closing ceremony

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BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) -

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had deep ties to the Lowcountry, penning the early words to his "I Have A Dream" speech at the Penn Center on St. Helena Island.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. festivities lasted all morning, first with a parade followed by a closing ceremony at the USC-Beaufort campus.

The city of Beaufort lit up with music, laughter and big smiles Monday as dozens of groups marched in the MLK parade.

"It speaks volumes to our history," said Beaufort resident Pamela Holmes.

The MLK parade has become a favorite event for her and her kids.

She says they've parked in the same spot for the last few years to watch.

"It's a big thing to me because it's part of our heritage, you know Martin Luther King, he fought for our rights and it just means a lot. I don't want the kids to forget what it's all about," she said.

Neither do those who helped make it happen.

"It's been something that the Alliance has taken up as a challenge because we see the urgency and the need to keep the dream alive, we still have work to do," said Rev. Sam Spain, President of the Beaufort County Ministerial Alliance.  

Following the parade, people gathered inside the USC-Beaufort's Performing Arts Center to celebrate and continue Dr. King's legacy.

Magistrate Judge Joseph Kline, who was the ceremonial guest speaker, preached on how Dr. King's faith played a key role on his impact.

"The dream in Martin was part of his DNA. So as Martin went forth and spoke his dream into existence, things started happening," said Kline.

The Beaufort County Ministerial Alliance has organized the MLK parade for more than 20 years.

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