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Isles preps to honor MLK Jr.
He may be young, but Eugene Siders insists he knows a lot about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Though a little shy, the 5-year-old can't wait to perform a skit and sing in front of the community at an annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration event Monday and put his knowledge of King and the civil rights movement of the 1960s on display.

"(He stood) for freedom. He wants us to love one another and come together," said Eugene.

Eugene will be joined by other children and students from Glynn County schools, churches and organizations. He will be performing in a skit that raises this hypothetical question: What would King do in certain controversial issues that have transpired since the time of his assassination April 4, 1968?

C.A. Lee, coordinator of the commemoration event for the past 34 years, says it will help children understand their history more and rally the community together.

"This is done strictly for our young people. Whoever has young people and wants them to be a part can participate," said Lee. "All this will bring together the urgency of now and that we have to continue working."

Skits of other black leaders of the past and now will also be performed in song, dance and narration, says Lee, which will help the children and community understand the battle they have to keep fighting.

"The struggle is never over, but we must continue now with the kind of intensity that (King) and the civil rights movement had in those times," said Lee.

The event starts at 6 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, 1221 Egmont St., Brunswick. Derrick Heck, who participated in the event as a child, will be the keynote speaker.

The event follows the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Howard Coffin Park and end at Mary Ross Park.

The parade will feature hundreds of people marching together down Gloucester Street.

A rally also is planned at Selden Park following the parade.

* Reporter Martin Rand III covers local news. Contact him at, on Facebook, or at 265-8320, ext. 324.

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