Ceremony in Tifton reflects on MLK's legacy

Residents in attendance at Springfield Baptist Church spent Monday reflecting on Reverend Martin Luther King.

Photo: Kailey McCarthy

This year marks the 50th year anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination on April 4th, 1968.

Residents in Tifton came together Monday afternoon to honor the man who is still making history.

The famous Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.'s words of love were echoed through out the walls of Springfield Baptist Church in Tifton Monday afternoon. The congregation reflected on one of King's most famous quotes:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."

Tifton resident Akeria Lockett says she looks to King as a mentor and a role model.

“Not only was he African American like me, he also fought and was very diligent in the community as am I," said Lockett.

Although Lockett believes we have come a long way in the past fifty years, she says we as a community must come together and love one another.

“We still have a long way to go. We’re still fighting racism, we’re still fighting social injustices, we’re still fighting but we have come a long way but we still have a long way to go and that’s okay," said Lockett.

Among the members of attendance at Monday afternoon's service, Pastor Samuel Pridgon spoke on the kindness and acceptance that King embodied.

“I heard someone say that Dr. King walked so that Jessie could run, Jessie ran so that Obama could win and so if we would use our lives as lights of hope and beacons of hope, we can do so many wonderful and amazing things," said Lockett.

Although January 15th is a day that will live on in history forever, Lockett wants to make sure King is being celebrated and honored every day, not just once a year.

“It’s up to us not to commemorate him on January 15th but commemorate him every day because every day is a reminder of what Dr. King stood for," said Lockett.

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