A large group walking down West Lincoln Trail Boulevard with police escort in the snow might seem unusual at first. But it’s to commemorate the Civil Rights Movement.

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration brought out the community to march Monday from Radcliff City Hall to St. Stephen Church in Radcliff.

Attendees young and old walked in mild flurries and cold temperatures during the 20-minute march.

Some held signs showing messages such as “End racism!” and “Positive Thoughts!”

Jose Torres, an attendee at the event and a member of the Phi Beta Sigma alumni chapter, was there afterwards collecting voter registrations from attendees.

He said he as been working on this project for a few years now and said honoring Martin Luther King Jr. is a good opportunity for the community to serve.

“It’s a chance for the community to come together and recognize that while we ... have accomplished so much, there’s still more to do,” Torres said.

Pastor Harold H. Craig originally began the march three years ago with the Rev. Lorenzo Lovejoy when they decided their heritage was “floating away from us.”

“Young people in general don’t have a real connection with history,” Craig said.

He said the march helps to strengthen the African-American heritage by going back to the Civil Rights Movement of the ’60s.

“Freedom, people say, is free. But it’s really not free, somebody had to pay,” Craig said.

Once the marchers arrived at the church, a service was held with several key speakers including Radcliff Mayor J.J. Duvall and Councilwoman Tanya Seabrooks.

In its third year, Craig said they’ll continue to learn and change the celebration each year.

“We still have a vision for it to grow,” Craig said.

Andrew Harp can be reached at 270-505-1747 or aharp@thenewsenterprise.com.

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