Residents Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Fort Walton Beach


Many from all over Okaloosa County poured in to the Fort Walton Beach City Hall parking lot to be a part of The 28th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and March.

"This year, the MLK committee came up with the theme team work makes the dream work,” said Ruby Dunson, President of the Okaloosa Chapter Blacks in Government. “And you know what that says for Dr. Martin Luther King is that he had a team when he was on the move for civil rights and today we come to celebrate his legacy."

"He did so much for the cause of civil rights, and equal justice for all,” said Tommye Walker, Chairperson of the MLK committee. “This is just an event where the community can come together and celebrate what he did for his country."

Organizations, fraternities, sororities, church groups and families came out to participate or watch the parade.

Every group that participated in the march, decorated their car or made a banner, that was later judged by a panel.

"Everybody who comes out to celebrate they want to live that dream, and so they feel great about it and that is why they come out and live his legacy also,” said Dunson.

After the parade and march, the day concluded with a rally at Fort Walton Beach High School.


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