Annual MLK March in Russellville

RUSSELLVILLE, Ky. – Though the weather took a turn on the morning of January 12, it didn’t stop organizers from having the annual MLK program in Russellville.

Due to heavy rain, rather than marching to the courthouse as normal, the community stuck to the speaking part of the event in Russellville High School. Civil rights activist Charles Neblett spoke as well as his daughter Kesi and son Khary.

As the morning came to a close, a Q&A was held for students. Neblett recalled memories from his time in the Civil Rights movement but ultimately in his interview with News 40 he said he hopes that the kids just “think”. Neblett said “kids have the capacity to think, it’s what you think about” and that he was happy to see so many youth come up to ask questions are his experience in his younger years.

News 40 spoke to Kesi Neblett as well, a Russellville High School graduate and yearly participant in the MLK program. Of course the world’s problems can’t be solved in a day but when asked about how she felt concerning everyday life and racism or prejudice, Kesi said a good start would be getting comfortable with being uncomfortable and learning about new cultures.

Kesi’s brother Khary said something similar, offering up love to be a binding agent between disjointed peoples in America along with an analogy to the body. “We have to start thinking about equality as a spiritual thing. The Holy Spirit gives us the ability to experience love, peace, faith, joy, temperance, lone suffering… Love is all we need. If the one part of the body is jealous of another part and doesn’t wanna cooperate, the body is defective.”