Barbourville celebrates Martin Luther King Day

January 22, 2015

By Bobbie Poynter


The Knox County Courthouse doors were opened wide Monday as more than a hundred Knox County residents passed through at the end of their march from the Union Square Shopping Center in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

Before introducing the event’s guest speakers, Dora Oxendine Farmer, president of the Democratic Woman’s Club, asked the crowd a question Martin Luther King had once asked, “What are you doing for others?”

“Through their acts and deeds,” she said of the guest speakers, “they have lived those words.”

Irma Gall of Lend-A-Hand told the guests that she was sad that this was the first year since 1966 that she had not been able to march. The marches, she said, were not always quiet and peaceful, but she and her fellow marchers followed the words of Dr. King.

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