LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Events celebrating the birthday of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are in full swing in the Pine Belt. Saturday night, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade Committee hosted a 3rd annual banquet at Sanderson Farms corporate headquarters.
Several awards were presented, including the Salute to Greatness Award, which went to Laurel native and olympic legend Ralph Boston.
Organizers say Dr. King is still an important role model, 45 years after his assassination.
"We believed in his morals, we believe in his values, we believe in the dream that he had and we believe in the legacy that he left," said Shanon Dixon, banquet chairperson. "And we definitely want to participate in that, pass it on to our generation, the generation beneath us and the generation after that," she said.
Sunday, celebrations continue with a commemoration program at Macedonia Baptist Church in Collins at 3 p.m.