MLK Day and Selma’s impact

More than a 100 people marched in Paducah Monday in an annual Martin Luther King Day March. The group went from the Robert Cherry Civic Center to the Martin Luther King Jr. Monument to lay a wreath.

High school student Jennai Mitchell joined the march for the first time Monday.

“I think it’s important to take time in your day today and celebrate Mr. Luther King, because that’s really what the day is for,” Mitchell said.

Some of King’s accomplishments are getting attention in the new movie “Selma”. The drama about Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic Alabama civil rights march in 1965.        

“I think it can empower you to try and make a difference, because he did. He basically died for it,” Mitchell said. 

Paducah Middle School teacher Corbin Snardon said he hopes young people watch this movie. 

“It’s a pivotal time in history and I think there is a lot to be learned from Dr. King and the people that participated in the Selma march,” Snardon said.

NAACP Paducah President J.W. Cleary said coming together in groups is what you need to make a difference.  

“Especially during this time, we have Ferguson and all over the world, like Paris, France. In other, words we got unrest in this country and we got to get back to what Dr. King tried to teach us,” Cleary said.

Following the march city leaders and community members enjoyed lunch provided by the Paducah McCracken NAACP. 

The NAACP is collecting canned goods and monetary donations for their “Stuff the Truck” event. “Stuff the Truck” will be outside a memorial service for Dr. King at seven tonight at Lincoln Heights Baptist Church.

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