Wilson County neighbors mark MLK Day with Unity March

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WILSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — Dozens gathered at Cedars of Lebanon Baptist Church to pray together and then march to show unity Saturday, just before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The event is in its fourth year and was put on by The Roy Bailey African American Museum and History Center.

The center strives to research, document, preserve and disseminate information about the history and the many contributions of African Americans in Wilson County, Tennessee, according to its website.

“We are bringing the community together because we know unity is what Dr. King stood for,” President of the Wilson County Black History Committee Mary MacDoo Harris said. “We are having a good turn out so far.”

After an opening prayer for unity a number of city, county and state leaders marched from the Cedars of Lebanon Baptist Church to Pickett Rucker United Methodist Church.

At a time when the news is dominated by social unrest, mass shootings and international turmoil, organizers hope their march will inspire others to find ways to come together for peace.

“Our young people need to know and some of us older people really need to know the legacy of Dr. King and the sacrifice he made for our humanity,” MacDoo said.

Lebanon’s Mayor Philip Craighead attended and said the march also reminds the community to never stop striving for harmony.

“We are far from being perfect,” he said. “And we always need to improve because his lessons were lessons that were good for everybody.”

After the march, everyone gathered for a complimentary brunch.

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