Linden residents honor King with parade

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 20, 2004

LINDEN–Over 200 Linden residents took to the streets yesterday on Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s 75th birthday to honor and pay tribute to the man, Dr. King was and to his vision for our nation and his people.

The parade started around 12:10 p.m. on a very cold and windy Monday afternoon with a Linden Police Department squad car leading the pack. The parade route took the supporters down Main Street threw downtown Linden and after a quick stop at the Marengo County Courthouse for a prayer from Rev. Lankster, the parade marched all the way to the First Baptist Church of Linden were the service to commemorate Dr. King’s birthday.

Four cadets of the Linden High School’s ROTC program followed the police car carrying the United States of America flag and the Alabama State flag.

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Mayor of Linden Pat Vice was riding in his car, showing his support for the community. Following behind the mayor’s car was two groups of ROTC cadets marching to different cadences all honoring Dr. King.

Following the cadets was a large group of residents carrying a banner that said, “…Until Justice Rolls Down Like Watters And Righteousness Like A Mighty Stream.” There were also various homemade signs being carried with sayings written on them like “We love you Dr. King, We will fight for victory.”

After the large group of King supporters was a caravan of vehicle all with different sayings and quotes from the legacy of Dr. King. Finally, the Marching Panther band from Marengo County High School put a close to this wonderful event.