Hundreds marched downtown in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

(Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

ROANOKE (WSLS10) - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. set the stage for a culture of civic certitude. Hundreds marched through downtown Roanoke on Monday in his honor.

The Patrick Henry High School Band in partnership with the Roanoke Chapter Southern Christian Leadership Conference paraded from the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge to Church Avenue and 5th Street.

City leaders said it's all about educating our community's youth about Dr. King's legacy.

"I was thinking it just makes history more real and it just breaks the dates, events and people to life," said Alex Schmitt, Patrick Henry High School band teacher.

"We got to train somebody to be able to take the lead and go keep this same dream alive," said Bishop M.E. Mitchell, with the Saint Paul United Methodist Church. "The dream is about 'we the people' and the young folks are a part of 'we the people'."

The parade was followed by a service at the Saint Paul United Methodist Church where the congregation held a special youth day. More than 100 young adults participated, according to church leaders.