The gathering was organized by Genesis Express, the 15th annual Freedom March and Program scheduled each year on the national holiday dedicated to the civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner who was assassinated in 1968.
Monday’s event began in the parking lot of the ASK Family Resource Center, where Lavern Baker gave the “Why We March” speech. From there, the group marched downtown to the Trigg County Justice Center and then to Bloomfield Missionary Baptist Church for a program which featured music from the Cadiz & Trigg County Community Choir and several speakers.
Genesis Express public relations officer George Radford stressed the importance of continuing to strive toward King’s goal of equality for all.
“If we don’t keep the dream alive by coming together, working together, reasoning together and trying to improve conditions where we’ve identified that things are not totally equal, then it’s just like not having a vision; we’ll eventually perish,” Radford said. “This is for the people of Trigg County. There’s a reason we get out on the third Monday in January. We want to keep his dream alive. His dream, really, should be our dream.”
Radford said Trigg County’s current weakness in realizing King’s dream is a lack of goal-setting at the local level, adding that while an effort is there, it’s not the best effort possible from local citizens.
“This is not really a good representation of our churches, our community, our business sector, even of our dignitaries,” Radford said. “We should all have the dream of making Trigg County a better place for all of us to live with equal rights. Some people are OK with that, but not the people that are gathered here.”