TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Monday was, of course, Martin Luther King Day across the nation, a celebration of the life and birthday of the famed minister and civil rights activist.
A series of events over the weekend, celebrating King, culminated in a motorcade Monday morning that ended at St. Paul’s Christian Life Center in Tupelo. There, hundreds gathered to sing and worship in honor of the holiday. Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton quoted King in saying that King urged all of us to be committed to what he called "the eternal principals of beauty, love and justice."
"He was peaceful. He was not a violent person," said Florine Nails, President of the Modern Beauticians Club, which sponsored the series of events. "Nowadays, there is so much violence going on. And our young people need to understand that during [King's] time, he was so peaceful."
"Dr. King stood for great accountability for all people," said Reverend Chris Traylor, President of the Tupelo Chapter of NAACP. "And one of the quotes that he made that was going on back in the days when he was marching and during his Legacy time, he said that 'hate cannot drive out hate, it takes love.'"
Monday's event was produced in a partnership by the City of Tupelo and the Committee for King.