Hundreds attend parade celebrating legacy of MLK

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — People across the country are honoring the legacy Martin Luther King, Jr. left behind. In the Port City, crowds gathered in Downtown Wilmington to pay their respects.

Hundreds attended the MLK, Jr. Parade Friday afternoon including Crayshawn Brice.

“Freedom, freedom. Today I feel like it represent freedom for me,” Brice said. “You know, it represents freedom, Martin Luther King had a dream everybody listened to that dream and they still listening to that dream today!”

Every year hundreds of people from different backgrounds come out to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

“I’m glad to see that cause that’s what this country is all about it’s diversity,” attended parade, Vincent Yates said.

Each year the MLK, Jr. Parade continues to grow.

“I have been a part of the Martin Luther King celebration for many, many years. I think it’s one of the most important things I do to be in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of all faiths, all creeds, all colors, and that we’re all one,” attended parade, Jana Cottingham said.

For many, today is a reminder of what MLK, Jr. stood for.

“We should not forget all of the ideals that Martin Luther King exposed during his time here on earth,” Yates said. “You know, the ideals that seem to be in the present day and present climate that we’re living in now politically, it seems as though all those ideals are being washed away or the attempt is being made to wash them away and we’re just not going to stand for that.”

Standing up for all things equal and right, that is what many hope this day and this parade help to keep alive.

“I meet people who do care, and sometimes in today’s world there are a lot of people who just care about self and I think we should care about others,” Cottingham said. “That’s what life’s about.”

The parade wrapped up an event-filled week honoring Dr. King.

Many at the event said they plan to make going to the parade a future tradition.


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