March for Justice kicks off Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Wheeling


The March For Justice began with song in the vestibule of the First Christian Church on National Road.
Community members, religious leaders and city officials – symbolizing social justice and honoring the life long legacy of Dr. King.

“As a nation, you see continuing conflict on issues of racial justice that he talked about but I see us moving closer. I think in the City of Wheeling we’ve moved a lot closer in  my lifetime,” said Mayor Glenn Elliot, Wheeling. 

The march arch was organized by the Wheeling MLK Celebration Committee. The Wheeling Jesuit Black Student Union helped too. They’ve been involved with the organization for two years. 

“It’s very important to have this and celebrate this holiday… Especially with going to Jesuit we definitely practice unity and solidarity and taking care of one another as a society and as a community,” said Kobey Quanina, President, WJU BSU.

The group of a couple dozen was led by police escort as they marched through the slushy streets.
The sound of song echoed as they traveled along National Road.

The Wheeling Police Department organized a traffic stop so marchers could easily navigate to Wheeling Jesuit University’s Chapel of Mary and Joseph where the march ended. 

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