COPPERAS COVE — Bible Way Missionary Baptist Church hosted the 15th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Walk on Monday afternoon along Farm-to-Market 116.
Two Copperas Cove motorcycle police officers escorted the marchers from First Step Child Care Center to Bible Way starting at 1 p.m.
About 65 people joined in the walk on a sunny, mild afternoon, with some elderly participants riding in a church van following the crowd. More attended a program and scholarship presentation at the church afterward.
Jean Wilson, a Copperas Cove resident, has participated in Bible Way’s unity walk since it began.
“The first time it was more anxious,” she said. “This time it was more enjoyable.”
After the group reached the church and shared in a prayer circle, refreshments were served and a special service commemorating King was conducted.
“Some look at it as a march. I look at it as a celebration,” said White Horse, a new Cove resident who participated in the walk and program for the first time this year with her mother, Jean Wilson. “It’s awesome as far as continuing his legacy.”
Several hymns and solo performances were offered at Bible Way, with multiple guest pastors, ministers and priests speaking about King and his impact in accordance with the program’s theme of “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”
“We pray God will touch your heart to do something kind for someone else,” said the Rev. Chris Downey, pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church in Copperas Cove in his address.
One of the 2012 scholarship recipients, Jessica Lewis, and Copperas Cove Mayor Pro Tem Frank Seffrood also spoke at the program.
“The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or a sect,” Seffrood said in his address. “It is a cause of humankind.”