Jonesboro Celebrates Martin Luther King

JONESBORO (KAIT) On Tuesday, Barack Obama will be sworn in as America's first African-American president.

It comes as the country commemorates the man who helped pave his way to the white house.

A parade was held on Johnson St. followed by a celebration at ASU.

Joe Thomas, Student, "If you look at any of his speeches(Martin Luther King),  he said he wanted people to be integrated. He wanted people to be the same."

Kimberly Johnson, ASU Asst. Dean of Students, "It means so much to everyone and for our younger students and younger adults to come out and be a part of just this occasion it means so much to us."

Rev. Dr. Charles Coleman, "This is a whole great meaning for me to part of this and live to see a black president number one. Martin Luther King has always been part of what my existence has been."

One of the highlights of the rally was a surprise announcement by New Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin on his plans to form a committee to find and name a street after King.

On tomorrows inauguration,

Johnson, "It shows how much progression we have made as a country. It is definitely something to look forward to in the years to come."

Although some see it as the cumulation of Dr. Kings' dream most African Americans see it as a step toward that goal.

Joe Thomas, ASU Student, "It is a step and we're gonna still have to push on. Just because Obama has been elected president that doesn't mean all work is stopped. We're gonna have to press forward."

Dr. Lonnie R. Williams, ASU, "One man's ultimate achievement does not signal that America has erased all the indignities that Dr. King and all the others tried to right. But it does give us much hope."