Thousands attended MLK parade in downtown Wilmington


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — There have been all kinds of events happening across the Cape Fear over the past week to honor Doctor Martin Luther King Junior and today is his day.

Thousands of folks traveled to downtown Wilmington to show how much his actions meant to them.

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It’s been several decades since Martin Luther King Jr. fought for equal rights in America and his actions has a huge influence of how our society is today.

People of the Port City marched the streets today in downtown Wilmington to honor him.

August 28, 1963 was the day Doctor King gave his influential “I have a dream” speech, a big push to end racism in America.

Now this day is seen to promote equal rights for all Americans, regardless of your background.

Diamond Iriri was a parade spectator and he said, “We are so grateful for the time and history he has been able to present to us.”

The freedom we all have today was not an option to many people in our country just 50 years ago.

“I’m able to be free to express myself,” Iriri said.

Dr. King’s legacy is honored every year, but this year folks celebrated by dance, music, and chants.

As the parade end, Iriri said,”We have to keep it strong, whatever, we have to keep it strong and support each other.”

UNCW is hosting an event Tuesday night at the Kenan Auditorium with Angela Davis who will speak on the legacy of Martin Luther King Junior at 7 pm.