JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Hundreds came out to Freedom Corner in Jackson Saturday morning for the Martin Luther King Junior parade.
Bands from Jackson Public Schools and a few other areas led the way, and debutantes dazzled the crowd. Our own David Kenney served as a Grand Marshal this year.
No matter the weather, there's always a great turnout for the parade, which honors the civil rights leader who was assassinated in 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee doing what he did best: giving a voice to those who didn't have one. At the time of his assassination, King was preparing to assist garbage workers in a strike.
"He helped a lot of people overcome opposition, gave a lot of hope to a lot of people who were underprivileged," says Cassandra Adams of Jackson, attending the parade.
"We just came out to celebrate, Martin Luther King parade, came out to have fun today," says Tony Hollins, who carried his young grandson on his shoulders at the parade.
The parade is put on every year by Jackson City Councilman Kenneth Stokes.