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MLK youth showcase in Valdosta

Members of First Berean Baptist Church singing at the MLK youth showcase Members of First Berean Baptist Church singing at the MLK youth showcase
Preschoolers singing at the MLK youth showcase Preschoolers singing at the MLK youth showcase
Members of First Antioch Missionary Baptist Church performing at the MLK youth showcase Members of First Antioch Missionary Baptist Church performing at the MLK youth showcase
Railyn Tucker Railyn Tucker
Michael Grant Michael Grant
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Hundreds of residents, both young and old, packed Mathis City Auditorium in Valdosta to listen to children sing songs, dance and most importantly to commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

"What do you know about him?"

"Well, that he tried to fight for African Americans so they can be equal with everybody," said nine year-old Railyn Tucker.

Even though Tucker was not around when King was alive, she understands that these events are an important part of remembering his legacy.

"They're really important," Tucker pointed out. "Because that's amazing how he just wanted to fight for us so we could be equal."

An understanding that Michael Grant believes is important for all children to have.

"How important is it, are these events, in teaching them his legacy and carrying on what he fought and died for?"

"It's definitely about us teaching his legacy to our young Because we want them to know where they came from and where we actually be goin' as a nation" Grant said.

"'If he were alive today and you could say one thing to him, what would you like to say," Tucker was asked.

"Thank you so much," Tucker replied. 

And that's exactly what this celebration was about, to remember what King stood for, but also to thank him for standing for civil rights.

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