'It's about respect': Residents explore ways to continue King's legacy (VIDEO/PHOTOS)


An estimated 30 residents commemorated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy on Saturday with a march in downtown Crestview.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 09:46 AM.

CRESTVIEW —  Inspiring others could help overcome toxic trends in the African American community, the Rev. Edwin Stallworth, of Sixth Avenue Baptist Church in Florala, Ala., says.  

  "... We have digressed in many ways ... with the prison system, teenage pregnancies, high school drop-outs, and black-on-black crime" he said during Saturday's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. "We need to inspire individuals, who would go back to their homes and communities and inspire others."

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Recognizing King's legacy, as an estimated 30 residents had in last weekend's parade, raises awareness about the importance of African Americans' advancement, he said. 

Such a simple act, with positive reinforcement of goals and values, can make all the difference, Stallworth said.

"It's about respect," longtime Crestview resident Jerry Lewis said during the event, presented by the Concerned Citizens Group of Crestview and the Carver-Hill Memorial and Historical Society. "If you don't demonstrate respect, you can't expect your children to."

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