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2014 MLK Parade Draws Thousands
1/22/2014 2:49:43 PM

North Charleston High School Marching Band

Hundreds of local churches, organizations and civic groups gathered at the campus of Burke High School for the 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade that was held this past Monday in downtown Charleston. An estimated 2,000 were on hand for this year's event to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King. This year’s festivities celebrated the 42nd annual Martin Luther King, Jr Celebration.

The parade began at 11:00 a.m. on Sumter Street near Burke High School with an assemblage of participating church units, floats, kings and queens from various civic & social community groups. The crowd gathered along the streets and cheered as they were entertained by the colorful and enthusiastic participants of this years’ grand occasion. The W.M. Anderson Rhythm and Marching Band of Kingstree, SC stole the show as the group of young African-American girls dressed in stylish gold and black uniforms honored Dr. King's legacy with breath-taking dance routine's while reciting the civil rights leaders' famous quotes during his campaign for peace and nonviolence.

Rekina Simmons, who attends the parade every year, was emotional when she saw the youth get involved. "It was moving to see the young people get excited and show their honor for someone that wasn't a part of their lifetime. It tells me that they understand what legacy Dr. King left and how important it is to know your history and have respect and honor for those who paved the way for their lives."

Another onlooker, Jarrett McClain, was also pleased to see the support for the event. "I'm glad to see something positive from our kids here in the lowcountry. Usually we hear about them getting in trouble and it was good to see some nonviolence with all the killing going on in our communities today."

The parade was followed by a Youth Speak Out event held at the YWCA headquarters on Coming Street. The Ecumenical Church Service was held this past Sunday at Morris Street Baptist Church. The parade ended on King Street at Marion Square.

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