Martin Luther King Parade Rolls Through Jonesboro

January 19, 2004 -- Posted at 5:35 p.m.

JONESBORO—Frigid temperatures didn't stop folks from honoring Martin Luther King Jr., as they marched in the fashion of the late civil rights leader through the streets of Jonesboro today.

"He died a long time ago, but what he did still helps us today," said one observer.

"I know if he was here he would be smiling," said another observer.

There were lots of smiling faces in Jonesboro. Organizers say this day of rememberance in Region 8 gets better and better each year.

"I think this is a great thing for Jonesboro," said Rev. Ray Scales. "We all come together as one great big city and big family."

Before today's parade and ceremony, organizers were trying to send a message of inclusiveness, saying they hoped more whites would get involved in the event.

"They answered the call and it tells us continue to move forward and do what you need to do," said Scales.

But there is still more to do in the city, according to the African American community. They're hoping for better jobs, cleaner neighborhoods, and more representation in governmental positions. But for now, they're happy the dialogue has begun.

"It's a slow process but we're getting there, that's what counts," said Scales.