By Kia Croom,
Over 150 public officials, faith leaders and residents of the Iron Triangle, Shields-Reid and Parchester Village neighborhoods marched Jan. 14 under the banner “Marching for Change” to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Walkers lined up at the Nevin Community Center in Richmond. Others caravanned in vehicles. The group made its way from the Nevin Center onto Fred Jackson Way in North Richmond where they met up with residents of the Parchester Village Neighborhood. From there the group continued to the Shields-Reid Community Center.
As they marched, they sang, “We Shall Overcome” and “Victory is Mine,” their voices reverberating in the neighborhoods.
Onlookers watched the marchers from their windows, open doors and front yards. Many onlookers tipped their hats and saluted marchers as they passed by. Others joined the procession, uncertain of its final destination but still in support of the cause.
“This is my city. This is where it all started,” said Marcel, a long-time resident of North Richmond. “This is real positive.”
At the corner of Fred Jackson Parkway and Chelsea Avenue, the procession stopped and held a moment of silence in memory of the late Fred Jackson, an esteemed community activist who died last year.
Afterwards, Supervisor John Gioia and Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin spoke. The program ended at the Shields-Reid Community Center with a program featuring presentations and performances by community members, civic and faith leaders.
Event organizers, Otheree Christian, Marena Brown and Goretha Johnson are planning another march in April.