Cairo celebrates civil rights, community ahead of MLK Day

By: Sophia Hernandez | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 21, 2019

CAIRO, Ga. (WCTV) – With Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, people in Cairo are reminded that they are standing on the shoulders of giants, and are taking the time to honor them.

A ceremony Sunday night kicked off with a candlelight vigil, with residents honoring those who have sacrificed their lives.

A spirit of unity and a spirit of togetherness. That’s what Jeevar McGhee, the coordinator of the event, says it’s all about.

“This is our way of showing we recognize what you went through and in honor of you, we’re gonna walk through this thing together with you, too,” he said.

McGhee spoke in regards to his ancestors. He hopes that the community can work together and unite under the beliefs of love and support.

"This is symbolic of what our people went through, not just my people as African-Americans, but all people, and through hard times and this walk is symbolic of that,” he added.

The night began with a candlelight vigil and a walk that was filled with singing and celebration. Participants, like Jeff Mills, hoped that events like these will light a fire for the younger generations.

"My hope for being here is hoping that the millennial people get on board and let’s make a change," stated Mills.

A change that those in attendance hope will have people standing in unity. With each step they take, they are saying 'thank you' to those who sacrificed their lives to get us where we are today.

"So, this walk is kind of just a way to say thank you for all that you have sacrificed and that we want to remember you always and all that you have done as we move forward," expressed McGhee.

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