Moss Point marches to honor Dr. King's legacy

By Patrice Clark - bio | email

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX ) - Following in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., South Mississippians sang and marched to promote love, peace, and prosperity for everyone.

Fifth grader Ja'lon Jones helped lead the march in Moss Point. He says he's grateful Dr. King led the way to the freedoms he has today.

"I believe we can do most of the stuff that we couldn't do, that blacks couldn't do," Jones said.

Marching near Ja'lon was Addie Wells, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

"Dr. Martin Luther King means to me a leader, someone who brought about social changes, and someone who gave us strength to do it in a non-violent approach," Wells said.

Now, more than 40 years after King's death, marchers say President-elect Barack Obama is a great example of Dr. King's dream becoming a reality.

"Tuesday, we will really demonstrate that because we have elected a president, not by the color of his skin, but the content of his charter," marcher Melton Harris said.

But Melton and others in this group say the journey is not complete until everyone can live in peace. That's why they say they'll continue marching.

"We should be concerned about the crime that's being committed, and the poverty that still exists. We still have a long ways to go. So the dream has not been completely fulfilled, but we have seen great improvements."