BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - High school and college musicians showed off their skills for the annual Battle of the Bands on Monday. It was also a chance for younger generations to learn about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Battle of the Bands showcases the talents of young musicians from middle school to college, and there are always crowd favorites.
Parents said they're doing their best to teach their children how the sacrifices of Civil Rights leaders, like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., led to the liberties we now enjoy. Fred Williams brought his daughter.
"So it doesn't happen again. The only way to pass on hate is for it to be taught. If you teach the truth, kids understand it and maybe we can end it," said Williams.
"This is a great day for all Americans, because Martin Luther King was a leader, a teacher, a welcome man," said Dorothy Heidelberg, a grandparent. "He was everything."
Moss Point High School band members said young people need to know their freedoms came at a price. Daniel Stallworth is a senior.
"It means that a long time ago, we couldn't do things that we can do now. Sit on the front of the bus. I'm just glad that things are better than they used to be. It matters, because it's good to know your history. It's good to know everything about what happened in the past," said Stallworth.
"His dream has affected me greatly, because I wouldn't be able to do the things that I do. It's because of him," said Brianna Tate, Moss Point High student. "For him to do what he did opened doors for people who don't even know about him yet. I'm just happy to be able to celebrate him."
Admission to the Battle of the Bands was $1 per person, which organizers say will be used to help fund activities for next year's Dr. King celebration.