LIMA — This year’s Martin Luther King Junior activities will be a bit different, according to 6th Ward Councilman Derry Glenn, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Everything has been changed now. This was our 39th annual MLK banquet. What we will be doing this year on Jan. 18, we will have our annual march to start from the Whittier School site into Martin King Park. We will start at 2 p.m. We will be doing our awards presentation at 1 p.m. (also at the Whittier School site).
People can join in the march either by walking with Glenn or by driving their car along the route.
“We are very excited about this. We want a peaceful march. We don’t want anyone coming in upset about different things going on in our country, which we saw at the Capitol,” Glenn said. “I don’t care if we have five people walking. We’re still going to walk and it’s very important that we do this with the way things are going right now, the racial tension that’s happening right now. We need to work together to make things happen.”
Glenn will be handing out several awards to honor those who keep Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s dream alive in the Lima community. Those awards are in addition to awards given in remembrance of several local prominent Black community members including Furl Williams, Georgia Newsome, Mary Coleman, Alberta Shurelds and Larry Watkins as well as in remembrance of national civil rights icon Rosa Parks.
“It’s very important right now that these people are keeping the dream alive, the folks that keep the Furl Williams struggle going. These people did great things in our community. I want them back now. I wish these people were back right now to help me,” Glenn said. “We don’t have that help anymore. We don’t have anyone I can reach out to say ‘come on let’s go’. We don’t have that anymore in this community.”
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.