Genesis Express plans Martin Luther King march
by Hawkins Teague
Jan 10, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. hadn’t been assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. almost 39 years ago, he would be celebrating his 77th birthday on Monday, Jan. 15. But, of course, he was shot to death on the balcony at the Lorraine Motel on April 4, 1968. Since 1986, Americans have celebrated the life of the most famous and influential civil rights leader who ever lived on the third Monday in January.

For several years, the Genesis Express Activity Center has organized a march to celebrate King’s birthday and the tradition will continue on Monday morning. At 10 a.m., participants will gather at the school parking lot next to the A.S.K. Family Resource Center to hear a brief speech by Brother Jonathan White. George Radford, public relations representative for Genesis Express, said that White is originally from Crofton and lives in Hopkinsville with his wife, Diana Wharton White. He is a deacon at the Second Baptist Church in Cadiz. Radford said White would reiterate King’s dream of equality and harmony, as well as encourage everyone to be more involved and active in their community.

Marchers will walk west on Main Street and will then make their way toward Bloomfield Baptist Church for services, which will start at 11:30 a.m. Radford said the service will start out with music and then the guest speaker, Rev. Charles Radford would speak. The minister preaches at Fifth Ward Baptist Church in Clarksville, Tenn. He was a member of Genesis Express before he moved to Clarksville, Radford.

Radford said he wanted to encourage not just black Trigg County citizens, but whites as well.

“I encourage more whites to come because Dr. King wanted equality for everyone,” Radford said. “Some usually come, but not as many as we would like.”

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