A DAY TO REMEMBER

Locals reflect on the life and legacy of MLK

The morning was cold, but the reflections about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. warmed the hearts of those paying tribute to the slain civil rights leader on Monday, the federal holiday.

Marchers in DeLand make their way from the MLK breakfast at Stetson University’s Rinker Field House to Earl Brown Park.(PHOTOS BY DUANE C. FERNANDEZ SR./HARDNOTTSPHOTOGRAPHY.COM)
Marchers in DeLand make their way from the MLK breakfast at Stetson University’s Rinker Field House to Earl Brown Park.
(PHOTOS BY DUANE C. FERNANDEZ SR./HARDNOTTSPHOTOGRAPHY.COM)

As with other local cities, DeLand started out the day with an MLK breakfast, which was held at Stetson University’s Rinker Field House. The breakfast was followed by the annual MLK Civil Rights March from Stetson to Earl Brown Park where a community expo followed.

The speaker was Deforest “Buster” Soaries, pastor of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, N.J. He’s also the author of “D-Free: Breaking Free of Financial Slavery.’’

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The DeLand events were organized by the Greater Union Life Center.

A breakfast also was held at Allen Chapel A.M.E. in Daytona Beach, which was followed by a march.
Lynn Thompson, vice president for athletics at Bethune-Cookman University, and a minister, spoke at the MLK breakfast in Ormond Beach.

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