Last updated: January 17. 2014 12:12AM - 889 Views
Natalie Netzel Staff Writer

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NEWBERRY — While most people might enjoy a day off Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, there will be many celebrating the legacy of the late pastor and Civil Rights activist.

A march will be held from Bethlehem Baptist to Miller Chapel A.M.E. starting at 9:30 a.m. A program at Miller Chapel A.M.E. will begin at 10 a.m.

“It’s not a day off but a day on,” said Travis Reeder, who has been organizing the event for about 14 years.

During the march, walkers have been known to sing traditional songs from Martin Luther King Jr.’s time while they march. Walkers have ranged from children to the elderly.

The event was organized years ago so that Newberry County residents wouldn’t have to travel out of the county to march and remember King. The event has normally consisted of hundreds of participants.

Those wanting to take part in the march should begin lining up at Bethlehem Baptist on College Street about 9:15 a.m.

This year’s speaker is Newberry native Dr. Bennie J. Goggans from Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Goggans attended Newberry County Schools. He is a 1970 graduate of Gallman High School and received his undergraduate degree from S.C. State in 1974. He went on to attend Meharr Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., where he completed dental school in 1979. His parents are Willie and Susanna Goggans.

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