East Tennesseans honor Martin Luther King, Jr. with concert, parade

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The City of Knoxville ended its week-long celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a concert honoring the civil rights leader.

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra played traditional works and gospel music in celebration of Dr. King. Organizers say music is another way to commemorate and celebrate King's message.

"There's so many ways to express ourselves about how we feel about the movement, how we feel about peace and brotherly love now, and I think the arts is another way of being able to convey that message while at the same time inspiring and encouraging other people to get involved," said Renee Kesler, chair of the MLK Commemorative Commission.

The event also honored Sarah Moore Greene. She was a long-time East Tennessee educator and civil rights leader who died in August at the age of 102.

Before Monday's concert, East Tennesseans honored Dr. King in Knoxville's annual MLK parade.

Several floats rolled down Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to pay tribute. Marchers included youth groups and civil rights pioneers in Knoxville.

The celebration led to Greater Warner Tabernacle AME Zion Church. A service there marked Dr. King's legacy of breaking color barriers for future generations.

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