March, ceremony honor life, legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Author: , Reporter, JFarris@wfmz.com
Published: Jan 30 2013 04:26:02 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 22 2013 09:42:58 AM EST
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

President Obama shared the spotlight Monday with another leader as the nation honored slain civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King Jr.

"We shall overcome. Deep in my heart, I do believe we shall overcome," King once said.

Nearly 50 years after King uttered those words while accepting the Nobel Peace Prize for his civil rights work, people continue to honor and utter his words.

The yearly MLK march in Bethlehem brought out dozens of people hoping to keep King's dream alive.

"He wasn't a dreamer; he was a doer. He didn't sit around and dream about things. He went out and took action," said Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli.

At Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Bethlehem, a memorial stands to honor his memory.

"To show the children that even that this was far before their time we still need to work and struggle to be free and to be unified," said Krishna Barnard, Bethlehem.

Soon those honoring King here will also be able to honor his late wife, Coretta Scott King, who championed civil rights issues after King's death in 1968. Organizers said a memorial for Mrs. King will be placed next to her husband's in April.

"I appreciate how Dr. Martin Luther King had a strong backbone like his wife following him," said organizer Frankie West.

On this day, many followed and remembered King's legacy in memorials and marches but also in the words King used to inspire.

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed," King said.