LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Events celebrating the birthday of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are underway in the Pine Belt. In Laurel Saturday morning, large crowds gathered to watch an annual parade honoring Dr. King in the downtown area.
Marching bands from Laurel, Hattiesburg, Collins and Hazlehurst took part.
Grand marshal was Chief Phyliss Anderson of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.
"The importance of remembering Dr. King is to remember his dream and what he wanted...for us to be together and for blacks and whites to get along," said Leah King, a Laurel resident who attended the parade.
"He fought for all people of all races all over the world," said Thomas Watson, who also attended the parade.
Ceremonies celebrating King's birthday are scheduled for Sunday in Hattiesburg and Collins.