After several cars showed up at the parking lot of the ASK Family Resource Center, Genesis Express member George Radford said they would follow Police Chief Hollis Alexander along what would have been the marching route down Main Street.
By the time the church service was scheduled to begin, the aisles were almost completely full and the wall reverberated with the sounds of “We Shall Overcome” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which is known as the Negro National Anthem. Rev. Simon Radford first led the crowd in singing the American National Anthem. The theme of this year’s service was “A Time For Change.” Several Trigg County public officials were interspersed throughout the crowd, including Judge-Executive Stan Humphries, District Judge Jamus Redd, Cadiz City Councilmember Manuel Brown, Superintendent Tim McGinnis and Circuit Judge Woody Woodall.
Jonathan White gave a speech called “Why We March.” He said that we march on King’s birthday in remembrance of how he changed America. White said that King’s goal was to draw national attention to the injustices that blacks were facing. King knew that if he didn’t get that national attention, their plight would only be handled by locals or not handled at all. King wanted to take a purely unthreatening and nonviolent approach because if he didn’t, he knew that law enforcement would try to justify their actions against protestors.
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