Residents of Steubenville Take to the Streets to Honor MLK Day


Dozens of people marched, escorted by police cruisers and fire trucks, to honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. Monday in Steubenville.

More than 50 people could be heard all over Steubenville as they marched from the Martin Luther King Recreation Center through downtown to the high school for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Reflection Hour and Commemorative March.

The ceremony began inside of the recreation center with the pledge of allegiance, the singing of the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and an introduction by Mayor Domenick Mucci Jr.– who has been a part of this celebration for years.

“We march in our streets asking for those same opportunities,” he said. “Believe it or not the struggle continues in today’s world. In reality we will overcome the struggles.”

The reflection hour continued as the keynote speaker, Dr. Vaughn Foster of Christ’s Community Church, who says although he has seen an improvement in the area, there is still work to be done when it comes to equality.

“I believe it’s on both sides,” Vaughn said. “It’s not just whites changing and understanding blacks, but also blacks changing and learning to understanding whites.”

Following the commemorative march, awards were handed out to local students for the best Martin Luther King Jr. essays. 

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