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Press photo by Hanna O’ReillyThe Reverend Timothy Smith leads marchers on their way to Martin Luther King Park. Coverage of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day events begin on page A2. Press photo by Hanna O’ReillyThe Reverend Timothy Smith leads marchers on their way to Martin Luther King Park. Coverage of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day events begin on page A2.
Pastor Tina Singleton from Temple Bible Church of Bethlehem offers a prayer to open the ceremonies. Pastor Tina Singleton from Temple Bible Church of Bethlehem offers a prayer to open the ceremonies.
State Senator Steve Samuelson addresses the gathering at Martin Luther King Park. With Samuelson is Frankie West, march organizer and civil rights movement activist. State Senator Steve Samuelson addresses the gathering at Martin Luther King Park. With Samuelson is Frankie West, march organizer and civil rights movement activist.
A prayer circle forms at St. Bernard’s Beneficial Society before the March begins. A prayer circle forms at St. Bernard’s Beneficial Society before the March begins.
The park features memorials to both Dr. Martin Luther King and his wife, Coretta Scott King. The park features memorials to both Dr. Martin Luther King and his wife, Coretta Scott King.

‘We need to get past clichés’

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by Hanna O’Reilly Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Bethlehem residents honored the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 21 with a Civil Rights Movement March. At around 11:30 a.m., members of the Civil Rights Movement in Bethlehem met in front of St. Bernard’s Beneficial Society on Broadhead Avenue in preparation to march to Martin Luther King Park on Carlton Avenue.

The event was organized by Frankie West, president of the Civil Rights Movement and member since 1967. He explained his involvement with the organization and why he enjoys doing the marches year after year.

“These marches bring us unity,” he said.

Timothy Smith, founder and lead pastor of City of David Ministries Faith Works and House, led the march.

“We need to get past clichés,” Smith said. “We need to be an active participant in the dream.” By leading the march, Smith did just that.

Smith was preceded in the march by families, friends, State Representative Steve Samuelson, Liberty HS Principal Harrison Bailey, representatives from the Liberty HS Marching Band and more.

All in attendance sang “We Shall Overcome” before arriving at the memorials to both Dr. King and his wife, Coretta Scott King. Prayers were said by Timothy Smith and Tina Singleton from the Temple Bible Church of Bethlehem, followed by speeches by West, Bailey and Samuelson, who read excerpts from “A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.”

A reception at St. Bernard’s Beneficial Society followed for all participants to enjoy. The march was a great reminder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., what he stood for, and how to keep his memory alive today.

“This is the best feeling,” West said. “You can’t ask for anything better.”