WHY WE WALK IN THE
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. PARADE
We walk in the MLK parade because it is a way to reawaken the community’s memory of Dr. King’s legacy.
We walk in the MLK parade because many people are too young to have been involved with his struggle to bring equality to all people and need to be reminded of what he did.
We walk in the MLK parade because we are willing and able to make this gesture that we too stand for his principles and that we care about what Dr. King lived and died for.
We walk in the MLK parade because racism still exists in our society and we want to let society know that we need to continue the fight to eliminate it.
We walk in the MLK parade to honor the memory of Dr. King and hundreds of others who bravely walked into Montgomery where they were beaten and jailed for standing up for their rights.
We walk in the MLK parade because we remember the civil rights marches where the public jeered and the police were not friendly.
We walk because we are reminded of the progress we’ve made when we see the police on the streets, there to protect us instead of to beat us.
We walk because we are reminded of the progress we’ve made when we see the people standing on the side of the road, there to cheer us instead of jeer us.
We walk because the MLK parade generates positive publicity in the media. The public sees images of people of all races walking together united in their ideals of the equality of all people. This is an image and message that we want burned into the collective mind of our society. It is a way to counteract the many negative messages -and violent images we see of races not getting along with one another.
- Peter Turla