MLK Day Rally, March Postponed

By: Deneige Broom Email
By: Deneige Broom Email

The kids were out of school. People had a day off from work.

But unlike in year's past, the lawn of the capitol and streets leading to it, were empty for Martin Luther King Junior Day.

The NAACP planned to hold a rally at the C-K Steele Plaza in Tallahassee on Monday, then march to capitol to honor Doctor King.

Multiple speakers including Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll were scheduled to speak and walk the streets Monday but the rain washed away that dream, temporarily.

It didn't stop people from taking a moment to reflect on what the day means.

Nor did it keep Tallahassee resident, Pia Woodley from showing up in hopes of teaching her son a lesson.

"I was disappointed. I think it's important for him to understand who he is as a black male, and the possibilities that he has before him. I want to ingrain those things that Doctor King talked about in his spirit," said Woodley.

The puddles and raindrops couldn't drown out the reason for the federal holiday.

"Being a person of mixed race, Martin Luther King really symbolizes, the great effort that it took for all of us in this country to be afforded equal rights and opportunities," said FAMU student Emerson Naylor. "I think a lot of people really forget that a lot of sacrifices have been made."

"For us in NAACP, it's a call to action, every time we do it just to remind us that we must stay vigilant and be on guard," said NAACP, Tallahassee Chapter President, Dale Landry. "Doctor King's Day isn't just about black folks, this is about all people. We've got to do this together."

So while, Woodley's 7-year-old son Xavier is enjoying a day of freedom from school, he still learned a little bit, even if he couldn't march.
Xavier said succinctly, "He's a very great man."

Dale Landry said they were concerned about the power cords that would've needed to run along the ground, coming in contact with the puddles of water.

They haven't finalized plans yet, but the NAACP says they're working out a new date for the rally and march.

Landry would like it to be the end of January or early February.

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