Annual Opp MLK march planned Monday

Published 8:20 am Thursday, January 11, 2018

Every year, a group of Opp residents organize a march to commemorate the life’s work of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This year, the event is set for 10 a.m. on Mon., Jan. 15, the national King holiday.

The march is roughly a mile from the Opp Police Department to Hardin Street’s Martin Luther King Jr. monument.

“It’s really something that everyone should come out and be a part of,” Jackie Ingram, one of the organizers, said.

At the monument, a guest speaker will talk about life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and other notable civil rights activists.

“Young kids get a lot out of this because they’re learning about the history,” Ingram said.

“This is such an important event because a lot of people don’t know the past behind the day.”

After meeting at the monument, the group will then move on to the St. Stephen’s AME Church, also located on Hardin Street.

At the church, the festivities will continue with Pastor Joe Smith Jr., speaking.

“I think this is so important, we have something to march for. We can be proud of something. A lot of people don’t understand how much this means to the community,” Ingram said.

Ingram also designs T-shirts for the event; long sleeves are $15, short sleeves are $11 and a sweatshirt is $18.75. All orders must be in by Fri., Jan. 12.

For more information call Ingram at 334-208-9800.