Even with ice under their feet, waves of people marched the streets of Huntington Monday to remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“This is what I call dedication,” said Sylvia Ridgeway, president of the Huntington-Cabell branch of NAACP. “Anybody who comes out in 12 or 13 degree weather – they’re dedicated to the cause and I’m so happy they’ve decided to give up the warmth of their living rooms and join us to keep his dream alive.”
The annual MLK march is a chance to unite all kinds of people, regardless of skin color or age, and reflect on Dr. King’s message of equality and compassion.
“It’s very important, because without him, we wouldn’t have this,” said Tianna Venable, a member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority at Marshall. “We wouldn’t be able to do this. I think it’s important for not only our generation, but for the next generation to continue this march and to march in his name and for his legacy.”
The march ended at Marshall’s Performing Arts Center, where the celebration continued with a ceremony and performances.
Marshall President Dr. Jerome Gilbert, who received a “Living The Dream” award earlier in the day, said there’s still work to be done.
“Dr. King took us farther down that path to true equality and brotherhood than anyone else before him, but that path is not a short path,” said Gilbert.
“If you know what is going on in Washington, and the adversity and racism that are still alive, we have not realized Dr. King’s dream yet, so we have to keep working on that,” said Ridgeway.
By reminding the future of the past, they hope to continue moving forward.