MLK Freedom March

Decatur – The life of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was commemorated Monday with the annual freedom march in Decatur.

“He didn't stand just for African American people but all races,” Reverend Courtney Carson told WAND's Doug Wolfe.  “If we continue to march forward in the name of Jesus then we'll be alright.”

Older African Americans used the march as a time to reflect back on when they were treated as second class citizens in the pre-civil rights era. 

Geraldine Perry remembers taking a bus trip in 1952 and couldn't get served at some eating establishments.  “I wanted to get a sandwich.  I go up to the window, you can't even buy a sandwich,” she stated.  “Martin Luther King and JFK (President Kennedy) made a big difference for us.  We need to keep it going on.  Need to keep fighting for equal rights.”

King was shot to death in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968.  He was 39.

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