ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – The Black Cultural Council of Odessa hosted its annual Freedom March to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Marchers took to the streets Monday afternoon to sing and walk in unison. President of Odessa’s NAACP, Gene Collins, says he walks every year to represent the struggles of the African American community and to honor the life of a visionary.
“He has shown this country a better way to interact with each other so that we can all fulfill our God-given missions in life. I just hope this will have some impact on the young people looking to us for leadership.”
Among the crowd was Welton Blaylock who says the purpose of this tradition is to carry on the message that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached all his life.
“I hope they take away that there’s no difference among people. That people through Martin Luther King’s dream and through all of his accomplishments, we can live together and we can do things together.”
While times have changed and history has been preserved, Collins says the fight of the people must never end.
“We need to, once again, go back to those principles that really made us great. That is love for one another, taking care of the immigrants, taking care of those who’re poor, the widows, and the orphans. More so than ever right now, especially with the state of our country.”