Wilmington honors Martin Luther King Jr. with parade downtown

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior is on full display this MLK day.

Communities across the Cape Fear and around the world are remembering him and his accomplishments.

Wilmington is bringing fun to the town with parade on 3rd Street.

It’s one of the coldest days of the winter season but that didn’t stop thousands from celebrating the day at the annual parade in Wilmington.

The West Craven High School band has been keeping 3rd Street booming with music. More than 100 groups are participating this year. Some traveling many miles for this festival.

“The most exciting thing about it is seeing people come out even with the conditions that we have, because normally we don’t have 28-degree weather,” said MLK Celebration Committee Vice President Henry Jacobs.

The Wells Fargo’s NC State Principal of the Year Tabari Wallace traveled to the coast from Craven County.

“It’s such an honor on such a great day to come down and participate in this southeastern renowned parade,” Wallace said. “It is the one to be in and I’m just honored to be the Grand Marshall.

He says it was important for his students to participate this year.

“We’re here almost 50, 60 years later, and again what he is saying now still has not been achieved, so we definitely need to achieve the dream,” Wallace said.

Bundled up in scarves, hats and sweaters, hundreds of families lined 3rd street to remember and reflect as a community.

“He changed everything. He made equal rights for everyone.”

“He was a drum major for equality and a drum major for justice. Just not for minorities but also for our Caucasian counterparts,” said Wallace.

Jacobs says the week of events commemorate the work of King by addressing racial issues in the community and showcasing African-American achievements throughout history.
This parade fulfills the organization’s mission.

“…and that is bringing people together, no matter what race, color or creed they are,”said Jacobs. “We are still promoting the ideals that he was reflecting throughout his life.”

On January 15, King would have been 90 years old. His legacy is forever in debt to our history.

This parade caps a whole week of events honoring Dr. King and his life.

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