RIDGEWAY — The Town of Ridgeway hosted the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day walk and even though the weather registered not much above freezing, many participants and well-wishers were on hand for the event that started at the Century House in historic Ridgeway.
This year’s theme was “Still Moving Forward” taken from a speech made by King in April 1960, when he spoke at Spelman College in Sisters Chapel.
“If you cannot fly, then run; if you cannot run, then walk; if you cannot walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”
King’s vision was of a new a new world and beloved community for the children, the future.
The program opened with a prayer by the Rev. M.D. Connor from Aimwell Presbyterian Church. The Youth Choir from Mt. Pisgah continued the blessing with a song.
Mayor Charlene Herring welcomed guests and introduced other distinguished visitors who included Rep. MaryGail Douglas, Councilman Dan Ruff and Sheriff Will Montgomery.
Alvin Wilson and Kendis Green from the Geiger Elementary School Readers recapped the life of King from his birth in Atlanta in 1929 to his assignation in Memphis on April 4, 1968.
After the emotional presentations and closing prayer, walkers marched and buses followed on to Lebanon Presbyterian Church for a moving sermon and refreshments.