Staunton Residents March for King

The Central United Methodist Church in Staunton held its 17th annual Candlelight March for Peace and Justice Monday night. Dozens of people marched in freezing weather to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The march was followed by a service at the church, which featured several speakers as well as musical performances by the Al Hamilton Mass Choir and Mary Baldwin College's Anointed Voices of Praise and Greater Things Dance Ministry.

"You don't have to give 'The Speech' to live 'The Speech,'" said Khadijatu Rahim, Ida B. Wells Learning Community.

Rahim was speaking about King's famous "I Have A Dream" speech.

She says, "I'm asking is you to live 'The Speech' today."

Participants were asked to bring canned food to the service for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

The march and service are sponsored by the Staunton Chapter of the NAACP, Mary Baldwin College's Office of African American and Multicultural Affairs and the college's Department of Philosophy and Religion.

"Once you hear the speeches and their proclamations, then you'll know it does have a special meaning to a lot of people," said Alphonso Hamilton, who sang at the service. "We look forward to this every year. The Community Choir singing means a lot to us, to let his legacy continue on."


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