Knoxvillians Celebrate King's Legacy


Knoxville (WVLT) - Many of you had Monday off as the nation took time to remember the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior.

From a parade to a time of prayer and praise, volunteer TV's Stacy McCloud shows you how Knoxvillians are working to keep Dr. King's dream alive.

Lining a street which bears his name, dozens of admirers of the great Doctor Martin Luther King Junior, stood in honor of a man they may have never met, but still strive to live like.

"He was a great person, the greatest person I've ever seen," Alfredda Scandrick has never missed a King Day celebration.

As she takes time to observe his great works, she hopes to be setting an example to keep his dream alive in future generations. "I've always been here, then my kids and now we're bringing the grandkids."

"This is an important holiday," Lewis Rorex has explained to his grandchildren why they're standing here.

"It means a lot as far as what Mr. King stood for. Opportunities it gave everyone, it's an important day for the public in general," Rorex says.

They may not grasp the message right now, but Stephanie Curry says one day they will.

Born in the early 60's, to this day, she can remember her parents praising Dr. King.

"I'm able to sit here, I'm able to ride the bus, he's just done so much for us I'm so happy," says Curry.

As the largest crowd this parade has ever seen celebrated the steps being made in Dr. King's goal of civil rights for all.

Pews were full inside at AME Zion Church, where hundreds attended a memorial to celebrate his life works.

"Look how far we've done come. So much we can say about him," Curry says.

A day of events to observe Dr. King's life, legacy and love for all man kind.

Organizers tell us Monday's parade itself was not only the largest ever, but also had the largest number of people turning out to watch it.


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