NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The City of Norfolk hosted its annual ceremony along with several events honoring the late Dr. King on Monday.
Crowds gathered at the legendary Attucks Theatre in Norfolk Monday morning to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event was free and open to the public.
“He inspired me to become the person I am today, I came out this morning, I didn’t really care about the weather coming here with my family. How far we’ve come as a people, it just really inspired me to come out,” said attendee and Portsmouth resident Christian McNeal.
This year’s event featured the Rev. Dr. Yvonne Y. Delk as the keynote speaker. Delk has been a longtime ally for human and civil rights across the country.
“He stood for peace and he stood for the beloved community, and right now we find ourselves with forces of hatred that’s arising all over the land. Even as we gather here right this minute, many are gathering in Richmond to defend their rights to carry guns, rather than to defend the rights of people, like homes and jobs and healthcare,” said Delk in an interview with WAVY News.
After several performances from local musicians, including Norfolk native and professional singer, songwriter and actress Jessie Wagner, the ceremony was followed by a march to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial for a wreath-laying.
Through the cold, members of the community, law enforcement and city officials marched on carrying Dr. King’s message of hope for a brighter future.