This Monday, January 17, marks the 25th anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, honoring this amazing hero and all he stood for and accomplished. Of all Dr. King’s lasting legacies, one of the most powerful was his belief in strengthening communities and empowering individuals. This belief propelled Dr. King to accomplish a great many things for this country that have inspired generations of Americans.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday is also the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service. A part of United We Serve, the President’s call to service for citizens, the MLK Day of Service provides the opportunity to come together with friends and neighbors to address some of American’s most pressing issues.
In 2000, South Carolina NAACP held its first “King Day at the Dome”. It was to protest the flying of the Confederate flag atop the Statehouse dome. The flag was still one of the main concerns for the 12th annual march and rally Monday.
More than 1,000 people marched from Zion Baptist Church in Columbia to the Statehouse. Jesse Gilmore of Columbia had his two children, ages 9 and 6, with him.
“They’re here to witness and know the true meaning of Martin Luther King,” he says.