Maryville celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Maryville celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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About 150 people marched through Maryville Monday afternoon to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. About 150 people marched through Maryville Monday afternoon to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
The celebration was first held in 1986 by sisters who attended Dr. King's funeral and wanted to keep his legacy alive in their hometown. The celebration was first held in 1986 by sisters who attended Dr. King's funeral and wanted to keep his legacy alive in their hometown.
"We couldn't get inside the funeral, so we just sat outside under the trees just to let Martin know that we were there," Sara Moss said. "We couldn't get inside the funeral, so we just sat outside under the trees just to let Martin know that we were there," Sara Moss said.
"It was quiet, just like we weren't in the right place, but we were in the right place," said Willie Mae Hannum. "It was quiet, just like we weren't in the right place, but we were in the right place," said Willie Mae Hannum.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) - About 150 people marched through Maryville Monday afternoon to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The celebration was first held in 1986 by sisters who attended Dr. King's funeral and wanted to keep his legacy alive in their hometown.

Sara Moss was 18 years old when King was assassinated.

"Sick, and felt lost you know like why. Why would anybody want to shoot anybody," Moss said.

Moss went to his funeral in Atlanta with her sister, Willie Mae Hannum.

"It was quiet, just like we weren't in the right place, but we were in the right place," said Hannum.

"We couldn't get inside the funeral, so we just sat outside under the trees just to let Martin know that we were there," Moss said.

They were allowed inside King's home to sign the guest book.

"Mrs. Kennedy and Mrs. King, they were in the kitchen, but we couldn't disturb them," Moss said.

Hannum said Monday's march was about "us uniting together for the same cause. Not pressing someone down, but lifting them up."

The walk ended at Maryville College. The MLK Choir performed, with the sisters singing in the front row.

"This is why we keep it going, because it's a road that's paved and you don't want to stop this paved road," Moss said.

The third Monday in January has been celebrated nationally as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day since 1986.

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