Adrienne McKinnie was the guest speaker at Saturday's program following the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade on Main Street in Crestview. McKinnie spoke about the civil rights leader’s accomplishments and how residents should further his legacy by being involved in the community.
MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
CRESTVIEW — Civic involvement is one way to further Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision, speakers said on Saturday during events commemorating the civil rights advocate.
This year’s guest speaker, Adrienne McKinnie, spoke about King’s accomplishments before his death in 1968. The clergyman — who taught civil disobedience in response to racial disparities — earned the Nobel Peace Prize and was Time magazine’s “Man of the Year” in 1964.
Marching and preaching for racial equality in pursuit of social justice was dangerous, but did not deter King, McKinnie said.
“Many expressed their concern to him that death was a possibility, if not inevitable,” she said. “However, he kept on marching and being the voice of people who would not or could not speak for themselves.”
McKinnie, a funeral home director and Crestview Kiwanis club and Carver-Hill Memorial and Historical Society member, said the nation — despite making significant strides in racial equality since the 1960s — still has division.
“We are a nation divided on several issues and our elected officials in Washington cannot seem to mend it,” she said. “The American people need better representation.”