Martin Luther King Jr. Festival

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Cold weather didn’t stop hundreds of people from celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.

WVLA/WGMB’s Kennedi Walker spoke with community leaders at an annual celebration of King’s life.

“It’s pretty fun to be with other people collaborating with them and helping out the community,” volunteer Markel Wheeler said. 

Among the hundreds of people in attendance was Gov. John Bel Edwards. Edwards emphasized the importance of honoring Dr. King.

“Martin Luther King wanted unity not just across racial lines but with respect to religious divisions,” Edwards said.  

Volunteers ranged from all ages. 15-year-old Layla Wheeler says while most people her age were spending their day off sleeping in, she wanted to do something meaningful in the capitol city.

“I wanted to come help support and clean up trash,” she said.

Same goes for 17-year-old Markel Wheeler.

“[Volunteering is] just mostly fun and it’s a way to help your community,” Wheeler said.

Wheeler says as an African American male, Dr. King inspires him every day and he hopes to one day impact people the same way Dr. King does.

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