LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Students and faculty at Laurel High School gathered Friday morning to remember the life and work of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A program sponsored by the Do You Know Foundation of MS (MLK Celebration Committee) featured music, poetry readings and words of encouragement from local media personalities and city leaders.
The program was the first of many activities in the coming days that will honor the birthday of Dr. King, who was assassinated in 1968.
"(People) should learn more about Dr. King because his speeches are very powerful," said Kendra Lyons, a senior at Laurel High School who also participated in the program.
"We believe the sacrifice that he made was about change," said Rev. Jerry A. James, Sr., chairman of the MLK Celebration Committee. "And our theme this year is Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Recognizing Our Differences and Celebrating Our Similarities," James said.
Other events include a banquet Saturday night at Sanderson Farms Headquarters and an annual parade on Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. in downtown Laurel.