by Robin Kemp

Temperatures in the 30s and wind chills in the low 20s put the freeze on Martin Luther King, Jr, Day celebrations in Clayton County.

The City of Jonesboro held a quick parade despite the cold. 

The City of Atlanta made an extra effort to salt down the roads so that the annual King Day celebration could go on.

 

Among those who turned out to march today were members of Alpha Phi Alpha, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the Atlanta chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, and  employees of Quik Trip.

Several speakers, including U.S. Rep. Nikema Williams (D-5) and Rev. Bernice King, exhorted those gathered in the cold to fight for voting rights. Please click through to view the video, which Facebook apparently blocked due to music played at the end of the speeches:

Alvin Farmer made the trip from Clayton County, carrying a sign that called for citizens to vote out Chairman Jeff Turner, Sheriff Victor Hill, and Police Chief Kevin Roberts:

Alvin Farmer at the tomb of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, Jan. 17, 2022.

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