By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
People of all ages and races marched downtown Monday, chanting and singing, celebrating the leg
acy and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Monday afternoon’s parade was the culmination of a four-day celebration hosted by the MLK Commission. The festivity is in its 28th year, started in 1985 by past-MLK Commission Chair Alvin Jackson to preserve Dr. King’s legacy in Floyd County.
“We’re real proud of the fact we’re the only full consecutive day celebration in the state of Georgia,” Jackson said outside the City Auditorium. “It’s good for the community, it’s good for Rome and Floyd County. And, the most important thing I think is that it reflects the dream that Dr. King had, that we’re all one people. It’s just a joyful day to celebrate.”
Around the time the parade was winding through Downtown Rome, President Barack Obama was taking his second oath of office in D.C., his hand on-top of Dr. King’s bible. City Commissioner and event attendee Bill Collins said the first African-American president taking his
oath on this holiday added more meaning to an already meaningful day.
“That makes it even more special—--especially with the president choosing that bible today,” Collins said. “Us commemorating this at the same time that’s going on, it makes us feel special here in
The MLK-Day events concluded at the Rome City Auditorium with music, dance and a speech by Guest Speaker the Rev. Brannon Jones, associate pastor of Mount Calvary Church.