“The theme of this year’s march is ‘Dream, Believe and Do It,’ and we talk about freedom, justice and equality,” said Genesis Express member George Radford. “The dreams that we have will not come to fruition until we dedicate ourselves to making it so. Dr. King didn’t have his dream and not put legs on it. He was constantly involved, and on the move, to keep the dream alive.”
More than 75 people marched from the Trigg County Public Schools parking lot to Bloomfield Baptist Church, where Hopkinsville physician Dr. Chester Crump, a Trigg County High School graduate, spoke. Radford said they’ve done this march for 18 of the 26 years of the group’s existence.
Among those who marched were Trigg County Judge Executive Hollis Alexander, Christian County Judge Executive Steve Tribble, 56th Circuit Judge C.A. “Woody” Woodall III, Trigg County School Superintendent Travis Hamby and 85-year-old Ms. Pat Diggs, who was recognized for marching by Dr. Crump.
Radford said that in spite of national issues, there is still work to be done locally. He said that although race is no long as much of a factor as it was, that doesn’t mean African Americans are necessarily free, pointing to institutional problems like the education/graduation gap, the crime/incarceration gap and the unemployment rate, which is higher for African Americans.
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