In Meridian, the city’s celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. kicks off this weekend with a candlelight vigil.
This annual event has been around for more than thirty years and the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance invites members of the community, to join them as they march to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King.
“We sing songs like can’t nobody turn me around and this little light of mine I’m going to let it shine, but it’s a great time of celebration of our history, but it’s also a celebration of where we’re going”, said Gary Houston, Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance President.
The march begins at one historic site and end at another
The Historic First Union Missionary Baptist Church
”This is the location where Dr. King came to Meridian and actually preached during a time of unrest, but it was a time he preached about unity, hope, faith, non-violence, and that’s the message we as ministers want to convey to our community that we need to come together in faith and hope”, said Houston.
Houston says that you don’t need to bring anything for the vigil
“But they need to dress warm, be prepared to walk for about two miles, but if they can’t walk, but they still want to participate, they can drive their car”, said Houston.
The candlelight vigil march will be held on Sunday, January 19th and will begin at 6pm at the Historic Baptist Seminary Site on 16th Ave And Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Drive.