Missourians March for Martin Luther King Day

4 years 6 months 2 days ago January 21, 2013 Jan 21, 2013 Monday, January 21 2013 Monday, January 21, 2013 8:50:00 PM CST in News
By: Jennifer Lask

COLUMBIA - Mid-Missourians marched to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday night.

The candlelight walk began at Douglass High School, where a couple dozen people gathered, bundled up in layers to combat the cold weather. They proceeded to walk to the Second Baptist Church on East Broadway, where a service was being held in King's honor.

One walker, Robert Cheatum, said this was not the first time he has participated in such a march. However, it was the first time his son, Miles, would accompany him.

"My son called me today, and I told him we had somewhere to go," Cheatum said. "I told him we were going marching."

Cheatum said he explained the traditions of the march and Martin Luther King Day. In response, his son made a sign that he carried with him throughout the evening.

King led the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s, helping bring about the end of racial segregation. King was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis on April 4, 1968. King would have celebrated his 84th birthday on January 15.

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