MLK march to honor Dr. Charles A. Dudley
Jan. 15, 2014 at 5:01 p.m.
Updated Jan. 14, 2014 at 7:15 p.m.
Sandra Avery said she hopes to see a big turnout at this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day walk and celebration.
On Monday, the walk will not only celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s efforts for equality but also the efforts of the late Victoria resident Dr. Charles A. Dudley.
Dudley was one of Victoria's first black physicians. One of Victoria's elementary schools is named in his honor.
"This has been long overdue," she said of Dudley's honoring. "We should have done this a long time ago."
Avery, the founder and president of the Old Landmark Committee, said the walk has always had a nice turnout, but she would like to see more of the community get involved.
For the most part, Avery said, the walk has stayed the same, starting at 10 a.m. in the 1300 block of East Crestwood Drive, near Dick’s Food Store, and ending at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 4102 N. Ben Jordan St.
The true celebration will begin at the church, where Avery said there will be a variety of guests from the community speaking about the prominence of the civil rights movement.
Attorney G.P. Hardy of the Hardy McKenzie Law Firm will speak about Nelson Mandela, and several other speakers, including pastors from area churches, will speak about Dudley and King.
Also performing skits in the celebration will be several students from Dudley, Shields and F.W. Gross elementary schools, Avery said.
The youths, Avery said, are her favorite part of the celebration. Seeing them gives her hope that King's message will continue to live on for generations to come.
"I like to see the crowds go, and I love to see the kids go," she said. "I just hope it will be bigger this year."