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MLK march planned Monday evening

January 15, 2011

More than 40 years after his untimely death, area residents will once again remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday evening when they take to the street bearing the civil rights leader's name for the annual march.

And while the day — recognized as a national holiday — will mean time off for many area employees and employers, march coordinators are encouraging area residents to make it a day on, not a day off.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. and walkers will head west on Martin Luther King Boulevard to FM 700, where the group will hold a prayer.

“The march is going to start at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home, at the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Gregg Street,” said Stephanie Horton, march coordinator. “The people at Nalley-Pickle have been gracious enough to let us use their facility as the starting point for several years now, and we are so grateful for that.

“We’ll march all the way down Martin Luther King Boulevard to FM 700. When we get there we’ll have a prayer. We want to acknowledge the Lord and how far he’s brought us, and that’s a mighty long way.”

For motorists in the area, the city of Big Spring Street Department will be blocking off Martin Luther King Boulevard from Lancaster to FM 700 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

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