Monticello Residents Observe MLK Day

In Monticello, Florida folks from various backgrounds and races all participated in a parade making Martin Luther King’s dream a reality, "That little black boys and girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and girls as sisters and brothers."

Mother nature's frigid temperatures and overcast skies didn't dampen the spirit of folks in Monticello who came out to see the 24th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade.

For some residents the event was a chance to see King's dream come true.

"He was such a great man he allowed us to come together that's what he wanted for us to get along,” says Wendy Hughes, a parade observer.

Folks young and old, black and white stood side by side fulfilling Martin Luther King's dream, "That someday the sons of former slaves and slave owners will sit down together at the table of brotherhood."

The sounds of music filled the air as some sang songs of overcoming trials and tribulation, and there were also messages to remind residents to stop the violence and live together in peace.

Monday's parade was a somber reminder of a man who had a dream "that someday children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

More than 80 groups and a total of 500 residents participated in this year's parade. After the parade, folks went down to a local park where they got a chance to mingle and see folks they probably haven't seen in a long time. It was just a day of peace.