Cleveland remembers Dr. King
by Paisley Boston
Jan 21, 2014 | 1784 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was celebrated in downtown Cleveland with a parade.

Several Greek organizations and city officials were in attendance to commemorate the occasion.

Though the spectators were few, parade participants marched through downtown Cleveland, saying chants and waiving pictures of King.

The third Monday in January is used to honor this an iconic figure in the Civil Rights movement.

"It is a very significant day. We have been having this parade for about 15 years. I am very proud that the city of Cleveland was able to take part in the parade," said Cleveland Mayor Billy Nowell.

"It is a reminder for us to be able to look back and see how far we have come and how far we still need to go. We are and have made significant strides," he added.

King worked for equal rights for all and was well known for using non-violent resistance to prevail over injustices.

He aided in the desegregation of the United States and he prompted the idea of equality.

King is also greatly known for his ability to deliver powerful speeches.

His oratorical skill was a tool that King used to reach and rally members of the community.

"King did not fight for black, white, green or purple — he fought all races and colors. His struggle was not intended strictly for African Americans it was for justice for the entire human race," said Bolivar County NAACP President Jethro Henderson.

"He was one of our most prominent civil rights leaders. I try to keep the message of Dr. King strong and alive by trying to be a role model and set positive examples for younger generations," said Henderson

"Sometimes I try to do what I can do spread the message to our youth but it seems like I am fighting a hard battle," he said.

King once said, "Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals."

Because of his work, in 1964 King received the Nobel Peace Prize — the youngest person ever to receive this high honor.

"I have been fighting for the people of Bolivar County but it is an uphill battle. Things have gotten a little better. Dr. King wanted us to come together and unite as one," said Henderson.

"We should love each other and continue working towards making the words of Dr. King a reality," Henderson continued.