Crowd gathers after march to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The communities of Gray and Jones County remembered the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday with a march to the courthouse and a brief service.
Pastor Malcolm Thomas of Ellis Chapel Baptist Church presented the sermon Jan. 16 on the courthouse steps to a joyous – if not large – crowd. The weather was the warmest for the event in recent memory.
Most of the crowd marched from Mt. Salem Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Highway 11 to West Clinton Street and then to the courthouse. The marchers were met at the courthouse by several people unable to make the 15-minute walk.
King was born in Atlanta in 1929 and became a Baptist minister in 1954 in a church in Montgomery, Alabama.
Inspired by advocates of nonviolence such as Mahatma Gandhi, King sought equality for African-Americans, the economically disadvantaged and victims of injustice through peaceful protest.