Dr. MLK Jr. Celebration in Jefferson County

By: Elizabeth Nickerson Email
By: Elizabeth Nickerson Email

Monticello, FL - Hundreds march for martyr Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"It's like a legacy to us, It is something we achieve and something we are proud of," said a participate at the festival.

"Grandchildren are marching in the parade now with their elementary school band, those same kids have grandmothers that were in that same position, so their carry the cycle forward," said Gerrold Austin, a Monticello City Council Member.

Different generations carried the legacy to honor the freedom fighter in Jefferson County's Annual MLK Day Parade and Festival.

"The event means a lot to me because I can celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King's impact he brought on the world without slavery," said Jeremiah Williams, a Festival Vendor.

The historic event is the longest running Martin Luther King, Jr. festival in the tri-state area and it has been going on for 33 years.

Jeremiah and his family have been here for twenty-eight of those years.

Jeremiah's family owns the longest running vendor at the festival and they will carry out the tradition through generations.

"It feels empowering, I definitely will pass this on to my son even when his grandfather is all gone will still come out here and do the same thing because I feel entitled to give to my community," Jacque Williams, a Festival Vendor.


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