Continuing the legacy of MLK

The Doss Family Singers sang inspirational music to celebrate the MLK holiday.
Staff Writer

Davidson Chapel C.M.E. Church began sponsoring the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Celebration in 1989.

Since then, the celebration outgrew being held at the church and was moved to Central School Center Stage. Since the closing of Central School in 2018, the celebration needed another change of venue. Community Counseling Services allowed the event to take place, for its 30 year anniversary, at the former Mary Holmes College gymnasium.

"This is the 30th annual march and MLK Celebration," Anna Jones, event coordinator, said. "Anyone who would like to register to vote, the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority has a table set up to register those who are eligible to vote. Registering is not enough, you have to go and vote. Anyone who will be 18 by the next election needs to be sure to register."

There were several performances by local talent. The Chosen Ones Mime Team presented two dances done in pantomime. The Doss Family Singers raised up their voices in praise and Hazel Brown delivered a gospel song for the event.

"We want to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and his fight for equality," Rev. Lesha M. Agnew, speaker for the event, said. "Because of Dr. King and others like him, I am able to sit at a window seat at the University of Mississippi. Where we are today, is because of so many people who fought the battle to allow us to be here today.”

King understood where he was. He was leading a boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, after Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat and move to the back of the bus, Agnew said. He understood where he was.

"We need to understand where we need to go from here," Agnew said. "Dr. King understood that sometimes we are not in the place where God wants us to be. God is the one who gives us our marching orders."

Without a vision, the people would perish, Agnew said. He understood that and laid out his vision. The place where he was, he was hopeful to see an end to the plight of people who did not matter.

"We have seen a lot of his vision come to pass," Agnew said. "Despite having had an African American in the White House, we still have a lot of rivers to cross. Regardless of where we are, we could still be doing better."

Working at Ole Miss, Agnew said she really wasn't worried about flags and statues. The battle isn't about symbols, its about the battle of the heart.

"Dr. King said, 'Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that," Agnew said. "Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that. Love is the only force able to turn an enemy into a friend. Love, peace and equality, that is what Dr. King knew could move us forward."

To conclude the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Celebration, Rev. Raphael Terry of Davidson Chapel C.M.E. Church said he saw people of all backgrounds in attendance to honor MLK at the event. So many people braved the cold weather this morning to come out and march just like was done by King, to celebrate his life and honor his legacy.