Mt. Zion First Baptist Church remembers MLK

Local MLK Day service and march
Published: Jan. 18, 2016 at 5:47 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 18, 2016 at 6:04 PM CST
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Source: WAFB
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Through song, dance and silent reflection, hundreds at Mt. Zion First Baptist Church in Baton Rouge remembered the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday morning.   

"That is why we are here, really" said East Baton Rouge Mayor-President, Kip Holden. "To honor a man who had a vision way beyond his time".

Beyond his time, still 48 years after Dr. King's assassination, lessons for the future are learned from the way he lived.  

"As Louisiana faces the challenges ahead, I pray that we may keep Dr. King's example of unity before division, citizenship before self' said Governor John Bel Edwards.  "Above all I pray that we may continue to pursue his
dream to make justice a reality for all of God's children" he said. 

From the church to the streets, hundreds more marched down Government Street to the freedom monument at Galvez Plaza. 

"It's important" said Marcus Sylvas.  "We want his dream to live on and we want to continue to do those things to build the foundation or restructure the foundation to get where he wanted us to be" he said. 

"We still have a long way to go in the fight for what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was standing for and I think that's our job" said Rev. Colleen Bookter.  "To do as citizens and Christians what we need to, to come together
to stand for one and stand for all" she added.    

Remembering Dr. King's dream for all.  A dream not to be deferred.

"It's not about skin color or anything like that it's about coming together as a people to build what we're capable of building" Sylvas said.

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