By: Lanetra Bennett
January 20, 2014
Tallahassee, FL - Hundreds of people marched through Downtown Tallahassee. "Because Martin Luther King, Jr. is awesome. He stood up for a lot of people." Says, 11-year-old Isaac Albrecht.
The Tallahassee Branch NAACP held the annual march and rally in honor of the late civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday. Participants marched from the C.K. Steele Plaza to the Florida Capitol.
Tallahassee resident Patricia McGowan says, "It feels great. I'm glad to see the young people because they are the ones that will have to continue this legacy."
Mason Roth, the vice president of the FSU Chapter of NAACP, says, "The doors that he opened for people, the doors that they open for themselves because what he did and others like him, it's so important to remember that; not just Black--Black, Asians, Hispanics, Jewish, anything. He's a big part of that."
Eighty-four-year-old Sammie Kirksey says he lived next door to King in Atlanta when they were young. He remembers King's mother being shot six years after King's assassination. Kirksey says, "I remember the day that she was killed in the church. I remember the choir. So much was going on around Atlanta at that time. We have come a long way."
Before the march, a program remembering Tallahassee civil rights leader, C.K. Steele, was held. The march ended with the King rally on the steps of the Capitol.
News Release: NAACP
FAMU Interim President Dr. Larry Robinson, City of Tallahassee Commissioner, Andrew Gilliam, and Past President of the International Association of Police Chiefs and Quincy Police Chief Walter A. McNeil to Address NAACP at 29th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Activities
On Monday, January 20, 2014 the Tallahassee Branch NAACP, Leon County and the City of Tallahassee will host its annual Reverend C.K. Steele Sr. Commemoration Service and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Rally. The events get underway at 10:00 a.m. at the C.K. Steele Bus Terminal with City of Tallahassee Commissioner Andrew Gilliam as the speaker. He promises to bring a message of hope. The Commemorative Service will feature musical selections from Darryl Steele, son of the late Rev. C. K. Steele.
At 10:30 am, the participants will proceed to march to the capital for the MLK Commemorative Rally, which starts at approximately 11:00 am.
The speaker for the Commemorative Celebration at the Capital is Quincy Police Chief and Past President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Walter A. McNeil. All of the events are open to the general public. For breakfast tickets, which must be purchased before January 10th, or more information contact the NAACP at (850) 459-4393.