By Erik Walsh
The News Staff
Martin Luther King Jr. Day festivities highlighted the Jan. 19-20 weekend around Malakoff and Athens and came to a close Monday night with a Candlelight vigil in Malakoff.
The annual event, hosted by the Henderson County Black History Committee, was held at New Hope Corinth CME Church and featured speaker Rev. Billy Wright.
During his speech, Wright reviewed the accomplishments of Dr. King.
“He was a great man and Baptist minister. Because of his efforts, today we have people of color in high public office all over the county.”
He also talked about Dr. King’s “I’ve been on the Mountaintop” speech, alluding to how, like Jesus, Dr. King had faith in the results of his work and persevered even though he suspected he may not live to benefit from it.
Dr. King said “Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land!
“We have overcome, just like Jesus did,” Wright said.
After the lighting of the candles and the singing of Christian hymns, Wright affectionately closed with the statement “I love you all, and there ain’t nothin’ you can do about it!”