PEARL RIVER COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Pearl River County honored the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a Tribute March and Celebration Program. The lively event has become a holiday tradition.
It was a celebration fit for a king, and Pearl River County residents honored the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a parade in Picayune featuring talent, music and dance.
The slain civil rights leader died at the age of 39, but the legacy he left behind continues to resonate with many Americans today.
"Equality, freedom and equality," said Picayune resident Dorothy Breland.
"We had to be segregated. He helped us come together and become equal," said Steve Williams, of Picayune.
"We went down the wrong road until he come. Without his knowledge and his movement and his strength, we wouldn't be where we are today," said Pearl River County resident Jasen Moore.
The national King holiday observance moved indoors for the second half of the celebration.
"Peace and happiness abound at the Rose of Sharon Church of God and Christ, as he blazed a way to equality for those of us who didn't know the way," MLK Committee member Evelyn Spanks told the crowd.
The message at the church was King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Leaders there say remembering it could prevent the unrest that exists in black communities across the nation.
"Let's develop relationships here, now with our community, policemen, everybody. Let's develop relationships to keep certain aspects from happening that's happening all over America," said Rose of Sharon Church of God and Christ Pastor David Simmons.