Perry County honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A parade and a program to remember the civil rights icon

Perry County honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

RICHTON, MS (WDAM) - This year marks the 25th Martin Luther King Jr. Day program organized in the Richton community where they first marched in unity celebrating Dr. King’s life.

The town of Richton hoped to make a big impact on community members and participants in this year’s march. Mildred Moody said King’s legacy is still alive today.

“To the Richton people, it means a lot and to me, it’s keeping the dream going and its what he did and what he was fighting for,” said Moody.

Reverend Amos McSwain of Miracle Temple Church of God in Christ described what it means to be a part of the Dr. King program this year.

“We are here to keep his dream alive and for what he stood for, equality and justice for everyone,” said Mcswain.

Monday was a day to celebrate and a day to give back to the community. The Oseola McCarty Youth Development Center was also one of the participants in Monday’s activities. The development center attended the parade with a bus load of kids equipped with Martin Luther King Jr. signs and candy.

One community member said that the national holiday means that you have to get up and do something, and if you don’t do something, the dream dies.

Richton MLK Day program poem

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