CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF-TV) Chattanooga was celebrating and remembering the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. along with the rest of the nation.
The 44th Annual Unity Parade brought the entire community together. They were all there to honor the legacy and work that Dr. King accomplished in his life.
Hundreds of Chattanoogans lined the street. Most were happy that the younger generation was there to remember one of the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement.
Minnie Darden expressed her pleasure.
She said, “I am mostly proud to see so many young people here.”
Patrick Hampton echoed her sentiment.
“Just to see all the young people and old people together here today, that is actually a blessing,” he said.
A young girl, Zikeriah Johnson, drew a picture of Dr. King. Even though she is too young to have ever seen him, she did think about him on this day.
Dr. Tommie Brown was a keynote speaker later that night at Olivet Baptist Church. She called on the community to continue the teachings of Dr. King.
She also wanted to help our future generations.
“We had good teachers,” Brown said. “We leaned. It was wonderful. We had a community of people who loved us. That’s what our children need. That’s what they need.”
This day pulled everyone together regardless of race, religion, or political affiliation.
Congressman Chuck Fleischann put this day into perspective.
“Dr. King’s legacy is a legacy for all Americans,” he said. “We’re coming together today t honor Dr. King and to keep the dream alive.”
This year also marks the 50 year anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.