NAACP Celebration Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- People in Harrisonburg honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior's legacy. The Harrisonburg and Rockingham County NAACP hosted the celebration. The event benefits the Salvation Army.

The MLK Coalition Choir sang songs talking about unity and hope and the audience joined in. Salvation Army workers also spoke about how the shelter could close in March.

They took an offering and need more than $150,000. NAACP Branch President Esther Nizer says that honoring Dr. King is one step, but there's still more to do.

"Great progress, the basics are still available to all of us. We have to now, as a group, African Americans in particular, take advantage of those opportunities. But we still have a long way to go, there's still racism and we still have to confront it," said Nizer.

On Monday there will be events throughout the Valley honoring Dr. King.

At noon on Monday, there will be a street renaming program for the new Martin Luther King, Junior Way. The ceremony will take place at Memorial Hall at James Madison University.


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