Richmond County honors MLK

First Posted: 1/17/2015

Raven Newton, age 11, sings a song as a tribute to her grandfather, the Rev. Tommy Legrand, who was also the honoree during this year’s MLK festivities.

Thomas Covington reads his own rendition of the famous “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. King and receives a standing ovation from the crowd Saturday night. Covington spoke of his own dreams while keeping with the theme of “Awakening His Dream.”

After Raven Newton’s tribute solo to her grandfather, the Rev. Tommy Legrand, he talked about youth being a great investment.

The 18-person Philadelphia United Methodist Church youth choir sings “Give Us The Spirit” as part of the Youth Extravaganza Saturday night at Leak Street Education and Cultural Center.

Members of the Alpha Pi Chi National Sorority Alpha Mu Chapter in Rockingham march Saturday through downtown as part of the MLK commemorative march/parade.

Members of Prayer and Faith Temple Church of God in Christ in Hamlet, the Rev. Tommy Legrand’s home church, march holding a banner reading “Don’t Let The Dream Die.”

Hoffman Mayor Tommy Hart, state Rep. Garland Pierce, Richmond County Sheriff James Clemmons and Dobbins Heights Mayor Antonio Blue began Saturday’s march holding a banner inscribed with this year’s theme.

Members of the Laurinburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority march down East Washington Street in downtown Rockingham on Saturday afternoon.

The large group of marchers makes its way down East Washington Street and around Harrington Square.

After the parade/march, a large crowd gathers in front of the Richmond County Courthouse for a brief service. Several community leaders gave speeches on Dr. King and his legacy.

This year’s honoree, the Rev. Tommy Legrand, speaks to crowd gathered in front of the courthouse on Saturday about getting more representation in local offices.

By Matt Harrelson

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