BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS
Breakfasts, parades, marches and day of service events were held in the Greater Daytona Beach area last weekend to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. Edison O. Jackson, president of Bethune-Cookman University, gave the keynote speech at the annual MLK Scholarship Banquet sponsored by MLK Celebration for Florida Inc. Thursday evening on the theme “Advancing the Dream.”
Scholarships were awarded to five deserving students of Volusia County high schools at the event. A community picnic was held at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Saturday. On Monday, about 300 people participated in a march through the streets of the Midtown neighborhood of Daytona Beach singing Negro spirituals and repeating chants.
Letting freedom ring
Daytona Beach Commissioner Paula Reed led the chorus of “This Little Light of Mine” and “We Shall Overcome” as well as a call and response to “U-N-I-T-Y, unity before I die!” which the crowd shouted back.
“We have a dream too!” eight-year-old Alyssa Williams said as she proudly held her sign alongside sister Brianna and mom Nicole that read, “We have a dream of adults we can look up to.”
Onlookers at a bus stop were overheard wondering aloud if they had enough time to join in the march but instead settled on a loud “Let freedom ring!” shout.
Youngsters holding hands, children in strollers, college students, a fraternity, sorority, parents, clergy and the elderly were all in the number paying tribute to the slain civil rights leaders.