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Athens hosts MLK Day Unity March Saturday

The march will start at the Limestone County Courthouse in Athens Saturday morning. The march will start at the Limestone County Courthouse in Athens Saturday morning.
ATHENS, AL (WAFF) -

Tennessee Valley activists are planning a big salute as we head towards Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday.

The city and the county are joining the Limestone County branch of the NAACP in sponsoring the event. By holding the MLK Unity Day March on Saturday, organizers hope to draw more people to join them in honoring Dr. King, and they plan more than just the march.

The march will start at the Limestone County Courthouse in Athens Saturday morning and end at the Limestone County Events Center, where students will read winning essays about Dr. King.

There will also be a reading of MLK's letter from the Birmingham Jail. The man in charge of putting the event together said it is important for all people, especially youth, to honor the civil rights leader and understand the history of the struggle for equality.

"When you think of civil rights, of the things he has done for this country to heal racial relationships, we can't not honor him because he is the one who spearheaded all of this and brought it to the conscience of America," said Benard Simelton.

If you are interested in participating, line-up at the Limestone County Courthouse begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The MLK Unity March starts at 10 a.m.

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