About 200 Hillsborough residents stepped out into the brisk January air Monday morning to pay tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as part of the 25th anniversary Northern Orange MLK Commemorative March. The crowd first gathered on the lawn of the Orange County Courthouse and were welcomed by Rev. Tony Boss who introduced speeches, scripture readings, song and prayer. Marchers were then led by members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department to King and then to Churton streets. Some carried banners with statements regarding the impact of the Civil Right’s icon. Many carried signs with Dr. King’s image. Most everyone wore smiles to greet their neighbors in the community. The march paused at Dickerson Chapel AME Church, where Rev. Donald Holman said a prayer and Rev. Steven Lyons spoke of hope in tumultuous times. The march continued to Mount Bright Missionary Baptist Church for a program celebrating the memory of Dr. King, with speeches, songs from two choirs and prayers.
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