Dr. King honored in parade through downtown Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Hundreds of people lined the streets in downtown Charleston to honor a man who helped shape the Civil Rights movement in the United States.

As the bands lined up and rehearsed to the sounds of their own drums, others like Vanessa Murray remembered why she is grateful for the day.{}

"Our forefathers told us that they were not allowed to ride the buses. They had to sit at the back of the bus and the whites sit at the front, but today I am a bus driver, and we support that dream," Murray said.{}

It was a dream celebrated with floats and unity to pay homage to a man who had a dream of unity.{}

"When we look at this crowd you see whites, blacks, Latinos -- everybody. His dream is actually coming to a blossom right now as we see the people celebrate," said Leonard Riley.{}

As they made their way down the parade route, waving to spectators, many thought about the deeper meaning this parade has.{}

"I think not only the strength to persevere but the ability to forgive and I think MLK is one of those beautiful marks in time and we should all celebrate together," said Nina Johnson.{}


Workshop gives voice to children on King Day

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used his words as a weapon to combat the injustices of the 1960s. On Monday, dozens of children did the same at YWCA's MLK Youth Speakout Workshop.

From the stage at the College of Charleston's Physicians Auditorium, the microphone served as an outlet for the young men and women. Their words touched on race relations and injustices they experience.{}

"In school being like the only black person in your class, you're not able to speak about it, but there we are," said Gabrielle Milton.{}

Cara Pugh has heard stories from her grandparents and the 18-year-old said she has a greater appreciation for the freedom she enjoys today because of them.{}

"It really hits home because I am now legal to vote and I have my own opinion and I'll be moving out of the house soon, and so having that background and having my parents and grandparents -- it's really made me who I am today," Pugh said.

The host of the poetry slam, Arvaughnna Postema, says celebrating Martin Luther King Day is just one day, but the lessons she learned from King stay with her every day of the year.{}

"Service is everyday, what you give is everyday, the selflessness that you promote should be everyday, and we take this day to recognize those things and pay homage," she said.

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