Hundreds celebrate MLK Jr. Day in Macon

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Thousands of middle Georgians celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday. 

Huge crowds filled the streets in Macon as part of the city’s annual march. 

It was a sea of diversity. From race, to age, to gender…all walks of life came to celebrate a man who dreamed of that very moment. 

“There is a love and a legacy of Martin. Martin is the ‘Moses’ of our time,” Richard Gammage, a Pastor at New Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Macon, said. 

Thousands marched, clapped, and praised Dr. King from different parts of Macon. 

The civil rights leader, who would’ve been 86 this year, is leaving an impact on even the youngest generation.

“That’s one thing I’m glad about, these little small kids here. I heard them talking, and they were talking about his birthday and how they believed in him and all that,” Doris Walker, a Macon resident, said. 

Residents say the sense of community, the sense of pride, and love for one another is something that all people should fell all year round, not just on the holiday. 

“It’s great. It means a lot just for this one day, but I think we need to do this thing all year,” George Threet, a Macon resident, said. 

Crowds heard from Bibb County leaders including Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert and Bibb County Sheriff David Davis who believe it’s important law enforcement be part of the community. 

“We’ve got to remember that to make sure that all of us stay diligent, dedicated, and determined to make sure that happens,” Davis said. 

Some say the moment was on to cherish and everyone should look to continue.

Residents say today’s march was a reminder of how far the community has come and also what work still needs to be done. 

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