Knoxvillians attend MLK parade; "Thankful" for legacy

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Knoxville celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during a parade Monday.

Knoxville's Martin Luther King Day celebrations began with a parade Monday morning.

Floats, cars and groups traveled down Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue at 10 a.m.

Feelings of peace and love filled the street.  Several people in the parade said they were thankful for the actions Dr. King took.

"I'm real happy about the way we've come," said parade grand marshal Ruth Sharp Benn.  "I'm interested in seeing if we can completely gather full citizenship.  I think we've made a lot of progress but it is not fully exercised by all the people."

"I thought it [parade] was great," said Caroline King who watched the event from the sidewalk with her husband and two children.  "We loved the music.  Our kids loved the music.  I was glad to see so many people here."

Monday night, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will hold a free concert celebrating the life of MLK.  Music will begin at 6 p.m. inside the Tennessee Theatre. 

KSO Resident Conductor James Fellenbaum will conduct the chamber orchestra with vocal accompaniment by the Celebration Choir and narration by Hallerin Hilton Hill.

Doors open at 5 p.m.

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