NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - As the nation's first African American president was sworn in for the second time in Washington, D.C. hundreds marched in Norfolk to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"I honestly think that the progress has been positive as well as negative," one marcher told WAVY.com Monday. "We're not as far as we could be but we're headed in the right direction."
The demonstrators marched a short distance down Church Street from the Garden of Prayer Worship Center to the King Memorial Plaza in contrast to the long journey made since Dr. King led the campaign using civil disobedience and other non-violent means.
"So strong was his faith in us that it seemed to be greater than the faith that we have in ourselves," Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim said.
"You know, I think f these moments as moments that have brought out the real meaning of Dr. Martin Luther King's life because he was always reaching forward," Norfolk clergyman Bishop L.E. WIllis II said.
King was killed on a hotel room balcony in Memphis in April 1968.
A company has been hired to complete the repairs to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks, but how long those repairs will take remains unknown.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.