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Unity Honoring Dr. King

By: Liza Park
By: Liza Park

Quincy, Florida is an old southern city that not only has a town square, but still uses it to bring folks together, and organizers of the Unity on the Square event say it's perfect for celebrating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his message of unity.

"Unity is so important. You see even the cities, we're bringing together the cities, not only just Quincy. This is Gadsden County and there's a need for people to come together as a community," says Unity on the Square founder Karen Wells.

Organizers say that need was the reason this event features community outreach programs all around the town square.

"There's a lot of people and a lot of organizations working for a better county, however, sometimes people don't know where to go to get the resources. We hope that events like today help put people in touch with organizations that can help them," explains Tallahassee Community College Quincy House Director Chris Hansen.

Also in the spirit of unity, local children performed dances, sang songs and rapped in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Dr. Martin Luther King inspired a lot of people and it's because of him we are where we are today and we have a lot of rights that we have today," says dancer Leilani Valle.

"I think he would be happy about our rap because it was about him and about other black people that tried to make a difference in life," added rapper Malik Thomas.

At Unity on the Square, many people were also trying to make a difference. Several local law enforcement and government agencies were also participants of Unity on the Square.


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