Midlanders Gather to Celebrate Martin Luther King Day 01/20/14
January 20, 2014
Midland - The Midland community came out this evening to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day. But for the first time in over 20 years, there was no march. There was a couple of reason it didn’t go on this year. Event coordinators say they were unable to get the permits approved in time, and attendance has been dropping the past few years.
“I do hate that we didn’t have it because it does project our community, however we are still celebrating,” said Midland resident Jashe Fuller.
For the past 20 plus years people have marched down Butternut Lane to celebrate Martin Luther King Day, but this year the organization has decided to re-group and come back with a bigger and better celebration for next year.
“After 20 years it’s time for change, you know I always think it’s time for a change,” said CEO of the Midland African American Roots Historical Arts Council Robbyne Hocker Fuller.
“We are still celebrating the other half of Martin Luther King day by singing,” said Midland resident Jakylan Reed.
Dozens gathered at the Midland MLK center singing and dancing all in remembrance and celebration of King’s accomplishments.
“It’s really something for everyone to come out and see and participate in and just show our support for the community,” said Midland resident Carolyn Turner.
As for next year’s festivities, preparations have already begun.
“We are going to work all year long so we will have it, we don’t want it to get old, we want to stay fresh,” said Robbyne Hocker Fuller.
Organizers say their main reason of being so proactive this year is because they don’t want to go another year without a march.