Approximately 500 people turned the two-lane road from St. Stephen Baptist Church in Tarboro to St. Luke Church of Christ in Princeville into a walking trail Monday during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative March.
The march was symbolic to the many marches that King participated in while he was fighting for racial equality for blacks in the 1950's and 1960's.
Far from Birmingham and other southern cities that King marched in, Monday's route led the 2014 marchers to downtown Tarboro where they sang old hymns that bounced off storefront windows and then over the Tar River Bridge where the serenade filtered over the water before reaching its final destination. Among those participating in the march was a 67- year-old woman (Laura Parker) in a wheelchair. She was pushed by her grandson, Trevon Deaver.
"I wanted to go because I've never been before," Parker said. "I had a nice time."
Perhaps one of the reasons Parker wanted to attend was to pay homage to King. She remembers the day, April 4, 1968, when Dr. King was assassinated in on the balcony of Lorraine Hotel in Memphis Tenn.
"I looked at the news all day," she said. "It was a sad day."
With the march being one of three events in honor of King on Monday, Monday was far from being sad. Other events included a Unity Breakfast sponsored by the Edgecombe County Human Relations Commission and Lunch with the King sponsored by the Ebonettes Club Inc.
For the complete story, see today's print edition of The Daily Southerner.