While today is a federal holiday, it's also the only holiday that honors a black leader for our nation. Martin Luther King Junior, didn't just speak to large audiences, he helped change history.

To honor King the local NAACP chapter is gathering at the Mediacom Ice Park to march downtown to the Gilloz theater. This is to remember all the marches King held, that helped rally folks. Some of Kings major accomplishments include founding the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, being a key supporter of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and his work on poverty and economic development.

Chapter president Cheryl Clay says King's dream helped pave the road to equality.

"We want to celebrate his life and his vision, another thing I like about the march is that it covers everyone, anyone can walk, it's free, we have different groups, we have different religious faiths, it's almost humbling to me" says Clay.

The march will begin 9:30 this morning at the Mediacom Ice Park.

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