Martin Luther King Celebrations in Wiregrass

By: Erica Proffer Email
By: Erica Proffer Email

Schools are out and many businesses are closed Monday, as the country honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Here in Dothan, area leaders came together to celebrate the life of Dr. King and his contribution to achieving equality among all Americans.

Nearly 40 years after his assassination, many Dothan residents are remembering the legacy of Dr. King with several events including a breakfast, march, and sermon.

This is the 13th year that the events have taken place. And, for each person, this day carries a different meaning.

"It's a great day and a sad day based on the fact Dr. King had to go away from this world. But we will see that he's not forgotten in this area," says Event Organizer Willis Wiggins,.

"It means a lot to me because black and white are together. Christ doesn't differentiate between black and white, like Jews and Gentiles. That's what Martin Luther King Day means to me," says Rev. Randy Kersey, a participant in the day’s events.

And, despite the cold weather, some gatherers said the remembrance of Dr. King is worth braving the temperatures.

"The weather was cold, but I decided I need to walk today to lift up the name of Jesus and most [importantly] of Martin Luther King's name, and to keep his family in prayer," says Participant Addie Dawsey.

While Martin Luther King celebrations are normally celebrated with marches and services, one unique way Dr. King was remembered in Dothan was through a voter registration drive.

"I think it's befitting that we have it on this day because Martin Luther King was an advocate of voter registration and for everyone to have a civil responsibility to their community," says Vanessa Dickens, who took part in registering voters.

And, it's that responsibility to the community that everyone hopes will carry throughout Dothan.

To cap off the celebration, there will be youth talent contest at 6PM Monday night at the Beulah Land Family Center, along with a celebration dance from 7:30-9PM.

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