Remembering heroes: Above: Members of the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee and others sing while leading a parade in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Alexander City. | Dale Liesch

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Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Published 7:06pm Monday, January 17, 2011

Several hundred local residents gathered Saturday morning at the Stephens Elementary School gymnasium to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

The Rev. Christopher Todd, the keynote speaker for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast for Alexander City, said he wasn’t a part of the Civil Rights movement, but he recognizes its importance on today’s society.

“I was not a participant, but I am a product of the Civil Rights Movement,” he said to the crowd. “I’m a product of the integrity and the efforts of Dr. King.”

Todd said that while things are much better than they used to be, the work that began with Dr. King is still not done today.

“We still have a long way to go,” Todd said. “We live in the greatest country in the world, but there is still no economic equality. There’s still a large economic disparity in our land.”

The breakfast began with the New Home Church Choir leading the crowd in “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

Those offering prayers during the event included Minister Brenda Davis, the Rev. Thomas Kelly, the Rev. Oneal Stowes, the Rev. Wayne Cowhick, the Rev. Tyrone Traylor and the Rev. T. Kufermani. Audrea “Buffy” Colvin served as the emcee for the event.

The crowd then sang “We Shall Overcome” to conclude the ceremony.

Spectators lined Jefferson Street in downtown Alexander City Monday to view the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade. The festivities included floats, classic cars, the Benjamin Russell High School marching band and representatives from churches and other civic organizations.

The parade started on Jefferson and traveled down Main before turning onto Calhoun Street and turning back onto Jefferson.

Dale Liesch provided additional reporting for this story.

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