Spectators came out and lined Springfield's Laurel St. in anticipation of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Observance Day Parade. Though the morning of January 20th, 2020 was cool enough to wear a coat, but that wasn't enough to thwart those who cared enough to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, jr.
A large number of churches and civic groups came together to this day happen--organizations of both white and African American residents of the Effingham community.
Brief Outline of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
Born January 15, 1925
Graduated High School at age 15
Entered More House College soon after
Became an ordained ministry at age 18
Entered the Civil Rights Movement in 1955 -- Montgomery Bus Boycott
Preached and demonstrated Non-Violent Direct Action
Preached the Universal Brotherhood of Man instead of bigotry and hate
Led the March on Washington in August 1963
Received the Nobel Peace Prize on October 14, 1964 at the age of 35
Slain in 1968 on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tn at the age of 39