Ozark's MLK Celebrations

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Wiregrass residents from all around took part in observing a man who made a difference in the way we live Monday.

It is the sounds of gratitude, praise and appreciation as hundreds gathered to honor a man who gave his all for equality and justice.

MLK Participant Jessica Ebikake said, "This is an amazing time for us all to join together as a community and celebrate a man's birthday, who fought for our rights and freedom that we have today."

Ebikake is a senior and JROTC member at Carroll High School.

She says this is her fourth march and is reminded of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s accomplishments that not only gave her, but others the chance to do things that may have otherwise been impossible. "We're able to vote, we're able to go anywhere we want,” she added. “That means a lot to me."

Ozark Communtiy members began the observance of Dr. King with a guest speaker at the Dale County Courthouse followed by a march to the Civic Center where another celebration took place.

Residents say the day is a chance for the community to bond and become stronger.

Event Guest Speaker Anthony Hill said, "When a city unites, comes together for one cause, the skies the limit of where we can go or what we can do."

Jerome Dudley, another participant in the MLK events on Monday said, "I grew up as a young man in the city of Ozark and I know the opportunities have advanced here because of what Dr. King did."

Residents say the day brought with it joy and hope, remembering a man who made the ultimate sacrifice for our future.

The march and celebration have been going on in the city for more than 20 years, showing Dr. King's legacy will never be forgotten.

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