The pre-march program held at the Trigg County High School Family Resource Center Parking Lot will begin at 10 a.m. The “Why We March” speech will be delivered by the Rev. Bobby Bacon. Marching instructions will be given by Dexter Hopson, as he will lead the march down Main Street turning at the Justice Center and proceeding to Bloomfield Baptist Church. Those attending the pre-march program but choosing not to march will be provided transportation that will allow them to still be part of the march.
The program at Bloomfield will begin immediately after the march (approximately 11a.m.). This program will feature music by the Community Choir and director Phyllis Gardner. The speaker of the day will be Mr. Robert Morris Cunningham, former Trigg Countian and member of the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame.
Robert Morris Cunningham was born in Cadiz in 1934. He attended Old Dunbar School for a short time before moving to Paducah. He settled in Louisville in the late 1940s and still resides there today.
Cunningham was swept up into the civil-rights movement of the 1960s and continues his quest for freedom and justice. He sits on various boards of progressive organizations, one being The Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, of which he is a founding chairperson.
He has made three Friendship tours to Cuba and holds high regard for the human spirit of the Cuban people.
Cunningham is married to the love of his life, Delores. They have children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Cunningham is proud and thankful for his recent induction into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame, and although he has traveled broadly, Cadiz will always be his home.
Genesis Express will also sponsor a Martin Luther King, Jr. poster contest. Each church entering the poster contest should use the march theme “With this Faith, we can overcome the struggle” in designing their poster. Enter only one poster, and please have the church name on the back of the poster. The poster contest winner will receive the Traveling Trophy.
March Chairman Arthur Hopson and Genesis Express President Bobby Acree ask all citizens of our fair county to exercise the faith that we possess in keeping the dream alive by attending this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. march.
Refreshments will be served in Curlin Fellowship Hall immediately after the program.
This press release was submitted by Genesis Express.