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Bainbridge leaders honor Martin Luther King, Junior

The city has celebrated MLK yearly, as seen in this 2008 photo The city has celebrated MLK yearly, as seen in this 2008 photo
Brock Washington, President of the local NAACP Chapter Brock Washington, President of the local NAACP Chapter
Liz Tomlin, MLK Memorial Service Organizer Liz Tomlin, MLK Memorial Service Organizer
Michael Bankston, Chief Assistant District Attorney Michael Bankston, Chief Assistant District Attorney
BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) -

NAACP members, Law enforcement officials, and council members spoke today at Hutto Middle School not only to honor Doctor King but to promote unity in the community. Organizer Liz Tomlin has put the event together for the past 30 years, this year the theme is called "The Struggle is Real"

"The young people need to know that this isn't an easy road its a struggle," said Tomlin.

Community leaders say this year they focused on encouraging the young generation to get involved in their community, and do the right thing. Leaders discussed the importance of voting, and Election Board Members were there for anyone who wanted to sign up and vote.

"That should be the last thing someone should have to tell African Americans, to go to the polls and vote, simply because it was so difficult to receive the right to be able and exercise your right to vote like anyone else," said Brock Washington, President of the local NAACP chapter.

Law enforcement officers make sure officials are doing the right thing as well. Bainbridge police say they've made it mandatory for officers to start wearing body cams, and they're creating a New Accountability program to help those who are using drugs instead of sending them to prison.

"To help rehabilitate instead of incarcerate we've seen that incarceration does not work especially in a lot of drug cases,"said Michael Bankston, assistant District Attorney.

Community Leaders also participated in a march for Doctor King, and spoke to local church members about how they can make their community a better place.

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