MLK march across Starkville

Around 150 community members marched across downtown Starkville today in remembrance of world-renowned civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., with local leaders leading the march which ended at Unity Park. The Oktibbeha County NAACP chapter has organized the rally on King's birthday every year since 1970. In 1966, King housed his office headquarters in Grenada, Mississippi, around two hours west of Starkville.

"The NAACP has always led the way and with your support we will continue to lead until we win what we have worked so hard for," NAACP Chapter President Chris Taylor said.

Other leaders who attended included Mayor Parker Wiseman, Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors President Orlando Trainer, Former NAACP president Willie E. Thomas, Bishop James Austin and Pastor Earl Willis.

"We are on this journey together," Wiseman said. "It is such a joyous occasion marking the past, present and the future."

The NAACP chapter will host a banquet April 23. The keynote speaker for the event will be the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi.