Big Sandy Community and Technical College held their Fifth Annual Unity March commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 20, 2020 in Pikeville, KY.
In his 1957 sermon “Loving Your Enemies,” Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote “love is the only creative, redemptive, transforming power in the universe,” and as we begin a new year amidst so many clashing voices, these words resonate with “redemptive” hope that we as Appalachians will rise to the occasion to unite in thought, word, and action to build up our communities with compassionate solutions to our problems.
In this same spirit, the march began at the parking garage on Hambley Boulevard in downtown Pikeville at 10:00 a.m. Participants traveled through town and finished at the Pikeville United Methodist Church.
Tina Terry, Co-Director of Diversity at BSCTC stated, “We are delighted that this event, centered on hope, is quickly growing with the great help of our partners. It is a very important time for our communities in Central Appalachia to come together and experience the lessons Dr. King instilled in the collective minds of our country over sixty years ago. His philosophies regarding equality, poverty, and unity are fundamental to our democracy– always.”