MLK Birthday Celebration
By Amy Morrow
Eyewitness News Anchor/Reporter
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)- Dozens marched the streets of downtown Chattanooga in celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Many lined up on the street that bears his name and in unity marched to the Tivoli on Broad Street.
"People not gonna march get on the Rosa Park's bus back there and get up on the bus," says March Announcement.
Chattanoogans make the annual march from Olivet Baptist Church to the Tivoli Theater.
"I was in the march in '57 I wouldn't not miss it we want to keep it alive," says Callaway.
And alive it is, with a long line of supporters, no matter the race, the sex or the age.
"To see all these young people here someone here someone has been spreading the word, that's a blessing," says Margaret Jackson.
"I'm so happy if you only knew what we went thought I'm just glad to have these young people," says Calloway.
Young people these ladies say are necessary to carry on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his work.
"It was a movement that means so much to all the human kind, the world forever and ever," says Joan Farrell.
But hits close to home for women like Calloway, striking a memory.
"Back in my day, Lord have mercy, sweetie we couldn't go to Woolworth's," remembers Calloway.
"I have been in the struggle, before the opportunity we have now, when we had to sit on the back of the bus," says Jackson.
But it's a new day.
"Honey we've been blessed, you hear me," says Calloway.
With promise that many say rang true.
"As Dr MLK said a change is gonna come and it did with the election of the 1st black president," says Ophelia Johnson.
"It makes me happy but this struggle is not over yet, we still got things to do," says Jackson.
"I doubt if it'll ever be over.., there's always room for improvement," says Johnson.
Chattanoogans closed a five day celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Monday night.