The local NAACP branch is hosting its annual MLK march on Monday morning outside City Hall.
All are welcome to join the organization at 8:30 a.m. in remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr.
More than 500 people are expected to march beginning at 9 a.m.
“We sent invites to the schools this year, and we’ve gotten a great response,” said TaNeika Driver-Moultrie, Killeen branch NAACP president.
The group has hosted the event for more than 20 years.
Last year, the group marched across the W.S. Young overpass, in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington and King’s famous speech.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, making the event especially significant for Driver-Moultrie.
“We are so blessed to live in the city of Killeen. It’s such a diverse community, and we come together on a united front,” Driver-Moultrie said. “Everyone accepts everyone for who they are, which is what Dr. King preached about ... to be judged not by the color of our skin but the content of our character. This is what our city is about.”
Following the march, which is the first to take attendees through the newly revitalized downtown Killeen, a program at Rivers of Living Water starts at 10:30 a.m.
The Rev. Wilfred Brewster, of Tabernacle of Praise Pentecostal Church, will discuss leaving a legacy like King’s. “He’ll be focusing on the message of how the dream lives on and what we need to do, not only as a nation, but as a community,” Driver-Moultrie said.
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