Community gathers to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Freezing temperatures Monday morning did not stop members of the Tri-State from gathering at the Transportation Building in Ashland to commemorate the life of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The ceremony featured the Mount Olive Baptist Church Choir from Ironton. The choir gave their talents and led those in attendance with the national anthem, among other hymns.

According to event organizers, the message at Monday morning’s ceremony was one of unity.

Organizers tell 13 News that the ceremony, which commemorates the life and progress Dr. King strove to fight for, has been going on for the last 30 years.

Organizers say the day should remind others that Dr. King was able to accomplish so much for racial equity and equality through peace and nonviolence.

“This is a way to remind us where we’ve come as a nation and how far we need to go,” said Rev. Stanley McDonald of the New Hope Missionary Church. “We can speak so much more with love, and Dr. King understood that love overcomes a multitude of sins, and that’s the same venue we need to stay in.”

The Vice President of the NAACP Greenup County Branch, Bernice Henry, was among those present as well.

“We all have a job to do, we all are important, we all have a part in this, and if we don’t do it, then no one else will,” she said enthusiastically about Dr. King’s legacy. “We still hope that people will never forget [the importance of Dr. King’s legacy]; it’s more important now than ever.”

Monday’s celebration of Dr. King’s life concluded with a ‘Freedom March’ from the Transportation Building to the First Presbyterian Church.

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