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Celebrating MLK in Jackson

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The 32nd annual MLK parade honoring Dr. King started at the historic intersection known as Freedom Corner in Jackson. It's an area where freedom was fought through several rallies and protests during the civil rights movement.

Mississippi's first African-American Adjutant  General Augustus Collins who participated in Saturday's parade thanks Dr. King and others for carving out a path for his success.

"They led the trail to where a lot of us was able to follow and I'm certain I would not be in the position I'm in today had it not been for Dr. King and Medgar Evers," said Collins.

Young people in the parade also believe that Dr. King's legacy has helped propel them to accomplish their goals.

"I feel like this parade is important because Dr. King stood for equality, as we go to public school there is an opportunity for us to get a good education and to better ourselves," said Siwell Middle school student Madisyn Evans.

This year's parade bears some added historical significance in the fight for equality and human rights. This summer will mark 50 years since the start of the Freedom Summer. That's when Civil Rights volunteers came to Mississippi to help African-Americans register to vote.

2014 also signifies 50 years since Congress passed the 1964 Civil Rights Act, outlawing discrimination based on race, color, religion or sex and abolishing southern Jim Crow laws.

"We want to thank Dr. King for all he did for us giving his life for the struggle for equal rights and human rights for giving us the rights and liberties we have today," said Jackson's Ward 3 Councilwoman LaRita Cooper-Stokes.

December 10th of this year will mark 50 years since Dr. King became one of the youngest ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 35. If you're interested in honoring Dr. King's life, but couldn't do it Saturday several volunteer and memorial activities are set for Monday for you to take advantage of.


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