An annual series of events honoring the birthday of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. continued in Laurel Saturday night. A banquet at the Sanderson Farms headquarters featured music, awards presentations and a keynote address by Hattiesburg state representative Percy Watson.
Laurel state representative Omeria Scott was mistress of ceremony. She hopes people will remember Dr. King by reaching out to help others.
"I think if we really want to honor Dr. King, it is a weekend of service and to serve each other," said Scott. "I think that's what Jesus would have us to do and of course, as we know, Dr. King was a Godly man, so yes, let us serve one another, and in particular, our young people," she said.
Next Saturday, the celebration continues with a 23rd annual parade in downtown Laurel.