Dozens turned out to Unity Park on Monday, January 16 in part to honor the memory of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., but also to induct two new names of local civil rights pioneers in the park.
The event was hosted by the Oktibbeha County Branch of the NAACP and the Unity Park Committee, and it saw a number of speakers. While both Mayor Lynn Spruill and District 38 State Representative Cheikh Taylor spoke, Reverend Ronnie Tucker of Mount Peiler Missionary Baptist Church was the keynote speaker.
When he stepped up to the podium, Tucker told the attendance how much he appreciated being asked to speak, but also said that it seemed “very appropriate to meet in Unity Park while living in the midst of a divided society.”
To read more, see the full Tuesday, January 17th edition of the Starkville Daily News.