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NAACP holding Day of Dialogue events to honor Dr.King's legacy

Posted at 6:42 AM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-20 06:42:25-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A big day in U.S and Tallahassee history is coming up Monday Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

To celebrate, A Day of Dialogue The NAACP is hosting lots of different events all day.

Martin Luther King Junior once said, "if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward."

Moving forward into the new year people in Tallahassee want to feel safe.

The NAACP President tells ABC 27 that learning from Dr. King is part of reaching that goal.

"It's a day of unity for our community. It's a day of -- standing up for right" said Adner Marcelin, Tallahassee NAACP President.

Adner Marcelin is the President of the Tallahassee branch for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Part of his role is leading the group on Dr Martin Luther King Jr day with the Day of Dialogue.

It's a time to talk about ways to resolve crime.

Marcelin says considering how serious of an issue violence has become in the Big Bend this is what Dr. King Junior would've wanted.

"He gave us a charge and he said that we have the moral duty to stand up and do what's right...and to sit silent is just as worse," said Adner Marcelin, Tallahassee NAACP President.

Dr. King. has ties in Tallahassee, too.

His civil rights movement was re-energized by by Florida A&M and Florida State University students.

The goal non-violent protests and strategies of non-violence.

Monday that conversation continues.

At the Wake Up Call Youth discussion young people can talk about their concerns with city leaders just like King did.

"It's a day to remember Dr. King's legacy of meeting with those who had difference of opinion -- meeting with those who hated him -- meeting with those who...supported segregation," said Marcelin.

Marcelin says his connection with him keeps him motivated to do more.

"Dr. King is not only a significant figure -- but he's also my fraternity brother and someone that dearly has inspired myself to continue to be the change we want in 2020," said Marcelin.

Everything kicks off with speakers at 10 a.m. on Monday at the C.K. Steele Bus Plaza before the community marches to the Capitol together.

Things will wrap up with a celebration at the Capitol Courtyard at 1:30 p.m.