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Unity March set for Saturday

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Dr. Martin Luther King speaks in Middle Tennessee. Photo courtesy MTSU Archives

The fourth annual Commemorative Unity March will take place Saturday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m.

Wilson County Black History Committee President Mary Harris said the march has taken place for four years - before that they hosted a breakfast for clergy - an idea inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Knowing Dr. King was a minister we wanted to do something for the clergy. That is why he was so successful - his closeness to God," Harris explained. The idea for a march was planted by Wilson County Commissioner Annette Stafford, she added.

The 2015 Commemorative Unity March welcomed over 200 people to journey around the Lebanon Square and participate in the interactive history lesson. This year's march will start at the Cedars of Lebanon Primitive Baptist Church and go around the Lebanon Square to end at the Pickett Rucker Hope Center at 633 Glover Street.

"This year we are honoring Elder Brewer Hall and those who founded the Martin Luther King Task Force," Harris said. "Dr. King wanted unity and that all men should be treated equally. Hopefully our community will come out and show their support."

Harris said that limo transportation for seniors will be provided by Hellum Funeral Home. Registration for the march will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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