LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Students and faculty from Maddox Elementary School in Laurel honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Friday with their annual parade in his name.
Students and staff joined Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee and paraded down the front of the school and through the Stainton community. Following the parade a MLK assembly was held where Mayor Magee talked to the student's about King's legacy. He says he thinks his legacy has been diminished over the years and it's important that young people are taught about what he did for the civil rights movement in order to keep that legacy strong.
"I'm disappointed in a lot of ways with the way people have made it be," said Magee. "There's too much black on black crime, too much killing in the streets, and still too much poverty. There are too many things we need to be doing for ourselves that we are not."
The mayor added he thinks Dr. King would be disappointed with a lot of things going on right now.