MLK Candlelight Walk Draws Crowd Despite Rain
COLUMBIA - More than 40 people gathered at Douglas High School Monday night for the annual MLK candlelight walk and celebration. Candles lit the way to St. Luke United Methodist Church on Ash Street.
People chose to celebrate for many reasons.
"The Civil Rights movement and Dr. King and many other people who came before him and after him were responsible for giving a lot of people their voice, and not just the African American community, the LGBT community, women, the disabled," said Steven Mudrick.
For some, the celebration was a family affair.
Abigail Kanonuhwa said her five year old daughter, Anna, asked her to go. Together, they read the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr.
"He meant a lot to everyone. I want to encourage that, and I want to encourage her," said Kanonuhwa.
After gathering in prayer and song in the school gymnasium, the crowd walked in a line through the rain four blocks to the church. More people arrived for the service that followed. The service included a community choir performance, a ceremony of lights, a prayer and scripture from Reverend Mary Hull-Lovett of Historic St. Paul A.M.E Church.
The service ended with a Circle of Hope, just as it began.