HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Thursday marks the 51st anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Hampton Branch of the NAACP hosted a remembrance unity march and assembly to mark the somber day.
Marchers assembled around 11 a.m. at East Mercury Boulevard and Hope Street in Phoebus. The crowd then walked over the Martin Luther King Memorial Bridge onto Fort Monroe.
Organizer Gaylene Kanoyton with the local NAACP told WAVY.com the event was meant to inspire young people, ” We want them to know that Dr Martin Luther King’s dream was not violence ..unity, justice and everybody working together.”
One young man who spoke at the event, 12 year old Armon Blizzard, told us, “
“I’m a big fan of Martin Luther King I love him and appreciate everything that he’s done for us to make way for us to be free and go to school and I don’t take it for granted at all.”
This was the first year for the march. Kanoyton hopes to make it an annual event.