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'Journey to Justice' March held in Monticello

'Journey to Justice' march in Monticello, MS (Source: WLBT) 'Journey to Justice' march in Monticello, MS (Source: WLBT)
'Journey to Justice' march in Monticello, MS (Source: WLBT) 'Journey to Justice' march in Monticello, MS (Source: WLBT)

Events commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King are taking place in Mississippi.

Sunday the Lawrence County chapter of the NAACP wrapped up the "Journey to Justice" peaceful protest in Monticello. Organizers wanted to honor Dr. King and they felt this was the best way to do that.

More than 100 people exercised their first amendment rights along Broad Street in Monticello to the Lawrence County Courthouse, yelling out, "No justice, no peace" and "Hands up, don't shoot."

"We are here to make our voices heard," said Cathy Clark, organizer of the march. Dr. King said.

Organizers said because Dr. Martin Luther King Day is Monday, this was a perfect time for them to demonstrate their fight for justice and equality .People young and old came out to march and organizers wanted to imitate what Dr. King stood for.

"I'm reflecting on the quote by Dr. King he says "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. So I felt that was moving to me to let me know that we needed to organize, we need to mobilize. And if you look at our crowd, we have a variety of age groups here. So this is an educational moment for our youth," said organizer Cathy Clark.

The march hit close to home for Amelia Williams who lost her son last year.

"My son was killed a few months ago after he was pulled over for a traffic ticket," Williams said. "He held one hand up because his other one was broken and from my understanding police shot him in the head."

After reaching the Lawrence County courthouse, pastors and local civil rights activists gave speeches about what they felt was lacking in the criminal justice system.

"His (Dr. King's) long struggle for us to be where we are today," said Silvia Wallace Lewis of Monticello. "So I'm honored to take part in the March today for equal rights. Civil rights for everyone."

"It takes a village and you see the village here and I'm here to support my little ones, my kids," said Stephanie Taylor.

Clark says that's where it begins in the home and training up the youth.

"They can take it back to their generation, to their friends in the neighborhood, in the church," Clark explained. "At their school and say I was there on that day, I made a difference.

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