Local residents lined up Monday for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade in downtown Statesboro, and gathered at Elm Street Church of God to hear from state Rep. Al Williams, this year's MLK Day speaker.
"If he taught me nothing else, if nothing else came into my soul, he taught me how to love," said Williams of King.
Williams, who met king while in the ninth grade in 1961, was so impressed with the civil rights leader that he took part in the first March on Washington in 1963 while in the 10th grade. He went on to take part in the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965, and was jailed 17 times during the civil rights movement.
The parade route ran along West Main Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.