Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade Held in Jonesboro

January 16, 2006 -- Posted at 5:01 CST


JONESBORO, AR -- All across the country, Americans are remembering slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Junior -- who would have turned 77 yesterday.


A parade was held on Monday morning in downtown Jonesboro to honor King. 


Participants lined the street carrying signs and waving American flags… doing their part to pay tribute to the late Doctor King.


“It's an honor to be out here this morning to take part in a parade honoring the person that did a lot to celebrate the civil rights of everybody,” said David Jackson.  A sentiment felt by all of the participants.


“It's such a wonderful, wonderful time to commemorate all his wonderful works and I think it just shows how far we've come to fulfill his dreams,” said Tiffany Frazier.


“It didn’t just change America for the African culture, but for everybody,” said Broderick Johnson.


Grand Marshall of the parade -- Congressman Marion Berry says honoring Doctor King is honoring what our forefathers wrote in the Declaration of Independence.


“It says, ‘All men are created equally and are endowed within them certain unalienable rights and among those are life liberty and the pursuit of happiness,’ and that's what Doctor King was all about,” said Arkansas Congressman Marion Berry.  


“The cause that Martin Luther King fought for is still alive today and we as a... no matter what your race is we have to get out and remember these things so that we don't forget the past,” said Jackson.


Something especially important for the younger generation.  “It gives the young people something and lets them know that they do have a hero he's no long here but he still lives within us,” said Johnson.


Reverend Ray Scales says this annual parade is good for the community, “It has finally brought us together and we're working and we see what it's all about... and it is unity.  It's really, really unity.”  


State representative Chris Thyer participates in this parade every year    


“Because of what Doctor King stood for and for all the things he did for us as a people in forcing us to look at ourselves and recognize the problems we have as a society,” said Thyer.  

“We're making a statement.  We are definitely living the dream... and when all of us see us as one it makes it that much better,” said Scales.