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MLK celebrations features one of original organizers
by Jason Collins
Jan 15, 2012 | 814 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The community is invited Monday to the annual Freedom Walk celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The walk begins on the courthouse square at 10:30 a.m.

Walkers will then make their way to Bethlehem Baptist Church at 108 N. Burke St.

Inside the church, everyone is invited to a service honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and his pursuit of equality.

Guest speaker will be the Rev. W.R. Wilson of Dallas.

Martha Stovall, who is coordinating this year’s march, said that Wilson, at the time a preacher in Beeville, was one of the original people who got the march started here.

“Rev. W.R. Wilson was instrumental in us having this march,” she said. “So he is coming back home.”

Since Wilson first walked the highway to Bethlehem Baptist Church, the march has grown in some aspects but also diminished in size.

“This march is for everyone,” Stovall said. “It is about equalness for everyone.

“It is not just the African Americans. All are here working together for the good and betterment of man.”

Stovall said she remembers that first march well.

“It was very moving,” she said. “We were on a high.

“It was a very heartfelt and moving moment.”

Now when she marches, the feeling of unity and friendship comes flooding back to her.

Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at editor@mySouTex.com.
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