NAACP Holds Annual MLK Jr. March [SLIDE SHOW]

Updated by: Lanetra Bennett

Tallahassee, FL - Those who attended the annual march to the Florida Capitol are inspired to follow this year's theme: "Power, Persistence, and Possibilities: Keep Moving Forward."

No chanting or singing this year. Just hundreds of community members and leaders marching to the beat of drums. They were honoring a man who was called the "drum major for justice" -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Robert Seniors is a high school student in Tallahassee participating in the march. He says, "I feel a sense optimism, actually, and just people still striving to reach higher goals than they did the previous day."

Tallahassee resident Ruben Arana Downs says it was important for his family to be among the crowd remembering the civil rights leader.

Downs says, "The work that other people have laid out in the years before, we get to benefit from that work. It makes it easier in a sense to continue to work toward the goal."

Tallahassee resident Errick Farmer says, "He had a vision that bringing about social change in the United States, and we want to make sure that we do our part to carry on his legacy. It wasn't about just African Americans, it's about social justice for everyone. That's why we're here."

Before taking to the streets, the crowd held a rally at the C.K. Steele Plaza. The speaker was Elder Terry Price, the Chairman of Religious Affairs, Tallahassee Chapter NAACP Executive Committee

Tallahassee resident Angela Johnson was there. She says, "We're just making people aware so that the younger generation could have a foundation to stand on."

Billy Jo Owens made it a point to point out that she is a Republican. But, says she always supports MLK events and celebrations. At Monday's rally and march, she says, "It's just thrilling, chilling top be here with all of these people."

Owens says the celebration is particularly special because it's on the same day as President Barack Obama's second inauguration. "Whoever would've believed that this was possible. I think it's very important that the people in Leon County know that we really are so grateful for what Martin Luther King, Jr. did and to continue to celebrate him." She says.

The March ended with a second rally on the steps of the Florida Capitol. The keynote speaker, Pastor Lamar Simmons of Love and Faith Community Church in Tallahassee, challenged the crowd to deliver their dreams.

The march from C.K. Steele Plaza to the capitol is organized each year by the local NAACP.


By: Lanetra Bennett

Tallahassee, FL - Today is the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. March organized by the local branch of the NAACP.

The March started this morning at CK Steele Plaza and ended at the Capitol.

A program was held on the steps of the Florida Capitol building, next to the dolphin statue.

WCTV will bring you more coverage of the event tonight on Eyewitness News.


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