“Following his Footsteps: Marching with a Dream” The annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Observance Day Parade

Pictured above is Johnson High School performing in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Day Parade on Monday, January 18, 2016.


Throughout the nation and here in Savannah, we are celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

An extraordinary man who “had a dream” for social and political equality for all.

Even in 2016 , many are proud to continue working toward his dream– and that proved to be true at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Observance Day Parade on Monday where people of all ages were proud to participate.


News 3’s Courtney Cole shares her experience after spending the day at the parade.

Many marched, walked and waved their way down East Broad Street  to honor Martin Luther King.

“It was great, it was great–exactly as we anticipated,” said Jimmie Smith, a member of the “Freedom Skaters” who participated in the parade.

The group even found a way to stay warm and celebrate!

“…By the time you finish skating…by the time you get warmed up, you won’t even feel the cold,” said Matcie Foster, also a member of the “Freedom Skaters.”

But even in the winter chill, everyone I spoke to said nothing could stop them from being out here.

“We clear our calendars. We cannot forget this date…no matter where we are, what we’re doing,” said Harriet Mars Gray.

She tells me she made her way here all the way from Augusta.

“We are the class of 1967, Thompkins High School and we have been participating for years,” said Mars Gray.

And hopefully many more to come she tells me…

“This is not my first time coming and it won’t be the last. Dr. Martin Luther King has been a dream for all of the United States of America and the world. He will never be forgotten and we can’t forget him, and that’s why every year we come back and participate in this great affair,” Mars Gray told News 3.

An affair local girl scouts tell me is important to people of all ages.

Courtney Cole: “Why is it important that we celebrate Martin Luther King?”

“…Because he let us have freedom,” said Norie Harvey, a 6-year-old Girl Scout participating in the parade.

“We have to make sure that we’re all nice to each other, don’t really check each other because of their color anymore,” said 10-year-old girl scout, Rahyna Nyers.

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