Dozens march in downtown Jackson for MLK Day

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JACKSON, Tenn. — People took to the streets of Jackson on Monday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “He stood for equality and justice for all people of color,” Karen Comer, of Denmark, said. Dozens marched through downtown Monday to remember and celebrate the life of the late civil rights leader. “He opened up doors for not only just for women, but for black females to be able to accomplish whatever they choose to accomplish in this life,” Comer said. Prior to the march, local chapters of the NAACP hosted an annual breakfast at the T.R. White Sportsplex. There speakers and a panel of students addressed issues still affecting African-Americans years after King‘s death. “His dream has not been fulfilled,” Jackson-Madison County NAACP Branch President Harrell Carter said. “We made some strides, but it has yet to be fulfilled.” A service celebrating and honoring King‘s legacy followed at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. “Each and every person can have a positive impact on their community,” Jackson NAACP Youth Council President David Early said. King‘s message of equality and nonviolence still resonates today. “I’m for all people of color just to have an opportunity to do the things that we’re able to do today because of him,” Comer said. The NAACP said this is not just an African-American holiday. “This is a community holiday,” Carter said. “We have to get more of our white population involved.”

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