Meridian Observes MLK Day

Hundreds of people lined the streets to catch the parade, which included floats and vehicles, as well as the Meridian High School Marching Band.

The parade ended up at Dumont Plaza where a special program was held, sponsored by the Martin Luther King Celebration Committee.

The theme of this year's event was "Activating Unity and Love to Fulfill the Dream".

Organizers say it's a great way to honor the sacrifice of Dr. King, by bringing many different people to together to celebrate his life.

"And we do this to celebrate the life and legacy of a man who fought for civil rights of all Americans. Not just black Americans, white Americans, but all Americans," said committee member Bo Hawkins. "He gave his life so that America would be a better place and about the true meaning of his creed. And this is why we celebrate this."

State Rep. Adrienne Wooten of Canton was the guest speaker.