MLK Celebrations Underway

Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, and plenty activities are going on across our area. Friday was the first observance over at Gulf Coast Community College.

College President Dr. Robert McSpadden introduced a new but prominent face here in Bay County. Al McCambry, the new area manager for Knology, was the principle speaker for the event. He spoke to a "melting pot" of listeners.

His speech was in honor of the late Dr. King who was a national leader in the civil rights campaign during the late 1950's and 1960’s.

McCambry’s message was clear that all men, black and white, were to be equal.

"When the architects of the republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing the promissory note of which every American must follow. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men, as well as white men would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is obvious today that America has defaulted on the promissory note."

Remembrances will continue throughout the weekend and beginning of the week.

A march is scheduled for noon Saturday starting at the Bay County Courthouse, and an all day festival in honor of Dr. King is set for Monday at McKenzie Park, downtown.