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MLK Celebrations in Tallahassee

By: Laura Kadechka
By: Laura Kadechka

Monday marked Tallahassee's annual March to Remember the great civil rights leader C.K. Steele, and the man who we celebrate today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This year's theme was "embracing the past, acknowledging the heroes of the struggle.” The son of civil rights leader C.K. Steele, Darrell Steele, sang of peace Monday morning in commemoration of his father, a man revered for his fight for equality in the Tallahassee community.

On this day another great civil rights leader is remembered, Dr. Martin Luther King.

Charles Evans, President of the Tallahassee NAACP, said, "We cannot forget the great works of Dr. Martin Luther King and Reverend C.K. Steele as well as the civil rights fighters, and this is just one way to make sure we continue to lift higher their name and the works of individuals."

To remember, they walked, hundreds of people, step by step from the C.K. Steele Plaza to the Capitol.

Kara Johnson, a walk participant, shared, "I brought them out here to make sure they understand the importance of the MLK walk, and it's very important for all of us to understand the importance of it."

The kids say they do understand the struggle and are thankful.

"He said we're all the same, the only thing that's different is our color, but all else is the same. It makes me sad he died; I wish he was here today."

Following the theme of the day they embraced the past, remembering the heroes and being sure never to forget.

James Scarborough said, "It's a way to give appreciation to give back to keep moving. It's a beautiful occasion that so many people could come together and fellowship and come together with one another. It's a beautiful thing, you know?'

It’s a beautiful thing and a beautiful day to celebrate! We spoke a little more with Tallahassee's NAACP president and he said that of all the years he's participated in this event, 18-plus years, he says it has never once rained.


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