Montgomery Remembers Dr. Martin Luther King

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By Alabama News Network

Montgomery had a special place in Dr. Martin Luther King Junior's life.     

 
He pastored a church here for 5 years, as well as leading the civil rights movement. 
Many in town feel a deep connection to the leader.
 
"We are here to celebrate the birth of one Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Let us celebrate right now," said Rev. Cromwell Handy.
 
Dr. King preached from this very pulpit when he pastored what's now known as Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in the 1950's. 
 
This is the 39th year the church has celebrated the life of the great civil rights leader this way. 
 
The current pastor, Rev. Handy, says he's honored to carry on Dr. King's legacy here in Montgomery.
 
"The legacy is a legacy of love. It's one that dr. King brought to the forefront in nonviolent social change, but it's one that was always here. But it's easy to do when you understand that the overall umbrella with regard to the movement is unity, peace, and more importantly love," said Rev. Handy.
 
And across town, kids involved in the ECHO program were learning about the importance of non-violence. ECHO, short for empowering communities helping ourselves, held a panel with ministers, ex-gang members, and other students to highlight Dr. King's message. 
 
"He had different dreams on how we can get along with our brothers and sisters just not with friends, but we call them brothers and sisters. And to be more kind and  courteous to each other and lift up each other," said Derrick Webb, an ECHO member.
 
And the day capped off with a parade up Dexter Ave to the steps of the capitol. Dr. King walked this very route as he finished his March from Selma to Montgomery almost 50 years ago. 
 

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