Hundreds of people lined Castle Street in Downtown Wilmington to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. One Wilmington woman marching in the parade has made it her duty to honor Dr. King and his connection to Wilmington.
Islah Speller runs the Burnett Eaton Museum. Dr. Hubert Eaton, Sr., had arranged to have Dr. King come to Wilmington on April 4, 1968. Instead, King stayed in Memphis, TN, to ease racial tensions, and was assassinated.
"Wilmington has changed a whole lot since that time," Speller said. "Now today we see black, white, people of all different nationalities, children, families and communities gathering today here on Castle Street in the heart of the underserved, underprivileged community."
Speller says the growth of the MLK Parade shows the progress we have made towards fulfilling King's dream.
During tonight's newscast, we aired Dr. King's speech in its entirety, if you missed it, you can view it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbUtL_0vAJk.