ROANOKE, Va. – If here were still alive, Saturday would be the 93rd birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Southern Christian Leadership Conference leaders in Roanoke said that King had a major impact on the group as he was the original founder of the nationwide organization.
Roanoke SCLC leaders said King always preached about equality and nonviolence.
They said King had a love for people, especially when he gave his life fighting for equality.
“He died just trying to fight for a pay raise for those who were less fortunate. He lost his life, for there’s no greater love than a man who would lay down his life,” said Bishop Edward Mitchell, the V.P. of SCLC Roanoke.
There will be a ceremony at the King statue in downtown Roanoke this Monday at 3 p.m. featuring several speakers.
The William Fleming Choir is also expected to perform.