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MLK Day Unity event held in Marion

January 22, 2019

MARION, S.C. – More than 200 people braved nearly freezing temperatures Monday morning to gather for the city of Marion Unity Walk in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. at the parking lot of the Marion United Methodist Church. Police escorted the procession of motor vehicles to The Door of Hope Christian Church for the sixth annual program.

The event celebrated diversity through songs, prayer, dance and messages from community leaders and local students.

Bishop Michael Blue called it a privilege to welcome the crowd and honor Dr. King.

Eric J. Favor and Jaia Raysor presided over the ceremony.

Sen. Kent Williams said he was happy to come out and remember a hero.

“This collaborative team that every year puts together this event that all are represented today,” he said. “I don’t know what this county would do without Bishop Blue’s leadership, commitment and dedication.”

Williams said Blue is a leader in the community that helps organize a positive sign to continue to move forward.

“We are here today on one accord with one purpose to march in unity with one goal to bring people closer together,” Williams said. “Our purpose for gathering together is set an example to the world and to our children that this is the way to live. In God’s eyes we are all equal.”

Rep. Lucas Atkinson called it a wonderful program.

“We have come a long way and the dream shall never die,” he said. “This month we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King and everything he stood for.”

Atkinson said King made a huge impact on the country in only 39 years of living. “You can see the impact you can have no matter the age,” he said.

Marion Mayor Ashley Brady said welcomed the crowd and said he was honored to attend.

“To youth, always think positive and think ahead,” he said. “And we will succeed in our country and community as being united.”

Marion County School District student speakers for the event were Abbigale Parks of Creek Bridge High School, Brittany Brumbles of Mullins High School and Andrea Gibbons of Marion High School.