Marching for MLK
Large turnout for annual holiday event
Braving the cold and the wind, a group nearly one hundred strong made the 1.4-mile march from Skekinah Glory Seventh Day Adventist Church on Oakland Avenue to the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center on South Dargan Street on Monday, Jan. 20, in honor of slain civil rights leader, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day March and Rally, in its 21st year, was the idea of late Florence City Councilman Ed Robinson and Billy D. Williams. It is sponsored by the Florence Community Development Agency.
Led by a vehicle carrying loudspeakers blasting hymns, spirituals and segments of memorable speeches by King, marchers paused at the MLK bridge for a prayer and a moment of silence.
People of all races and ages made up the group. Leading the march was a quartet of young people carrying a red and green banner depicting the image of King. Printed on it were the words “The Dream Lives” and “United We Stand, Divided We Fall.”
One marcher proudly carried an American flag. Others made the march carrying posters or signs.
A short program at the Performing Arts Center followed the march. The Rev. Kippie Brown of Maxwell Baptist Church served as the guest speaker.
“The dream is still alive and we are still here,” Brown said.
Also taking part in the program were the Leap of Faith dance ministry and the Carolina Sapphires of the Performing Arts Science Academy in Marion.