Bastrop News

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

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By Terry Hagerty – Writer/Photographer

The spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. was alive and well during the annual Bastrop County MLK Walk in Elgin on Monday, Jan. 16. The threat of rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the scores of participants who turned out, many walking hand in hand through neighborhood streets. The walk started downtown at Veterans’ Memorial Park and included stops at several Elgin churches before ending up at Booker T Washington Elementary School for a program. (The walk rotates each year between the towns of Bastrop, Smithville and Elgin). At the several church stops, officials talked about their church’s role in the community’s history. Tytiona Whitemon, 8, was one of the many youth who participated, and knew well the legacy of civil rights leader King – who was assassinated by a gunman in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968. “Dr. King wanted to stop racism,” Whitemon said. Her friend, Adriananna Villarreal, 10, added, “He fought for us to have freedom.” (All  accompanying photos are Copyrighted 2017 by Terry Hagerty)



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