Dozens braved cold temperatures Monday morning as they marched more than ten blocks from the MLK recreation center to Steubenville High School to remember Doctor Martin Luther King junior on what would have been his 87th birthday.
They started Monday morning at the recreation center with reflections from area pastors, Dr. Martin Luther King Junior association members, as well as Mayor Dominic Mucci.
When the reflections ended, Steubenville police and firefighters, as-well-as members of the Big Red drum line lead the ceremonial march down Market and 4th Streets to the High School in historic downtown.
Organizers shared a message of Dr. King’s peaceful demeanor and how this day is not only about African Americans.
“All people benefited from the progress of the civil rights movement, not just African Americans, but females and whites an Native Americans and Hispanics, all benefited from the progress made during the civil rights movements, so it’s not just a bout one group, it’s about all people,” said Dr. James Baber, chairman of the Steubenville MLK Association.
Doctor Baber also added that we must keep Doctor King’s dream alive because the country still has work to do.
“We have racism, discrimination in our country, you know, unequal pay for females, and all that, that still needs to be addressed. 40, 50 years later, we’re still not there, and we have so much to do, so much ground to cover,” said Dr. Baber.