Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. held their 10th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Peace March on the morning of Monday, January 18. This year’s theme was “All Lives Matter, asking people to recognize that everyone is equal.
Several hundred people marched down Civic Drive in Victorville to honor the dream of Dr. King. Participants sang and carried banners, and the scene was reminiscent of the 1963 march on Washington, DC in which Dr. King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech.
A ceremony followed the march, with Frances Lewis acting as master of ceremonies, pastor Larry Brown giving the opening prayer, and a welcome address by Llawanna Carroll, president of the Delta Sigma sorority.
The Academy for Academic Excellence Air Force ROTC Color Guard posted the colors and led the flag salute, and the National Anthem was sung by Rachelle Ellison.
Pastor Randy Ponce of Abundant Living church was the guest speaker, who spoke of compassion and searching for a heart full of grace as Dr. King had dreamed.
Other ceremony participants included sorority members Eloise Gibson and Peggy Moore.
After the march, Victorville Mayor Gloria Garcia unveiled two new bronze plaques, recognizing Dr. King and A Philip Randolph, another civil rights leader. The plaques are located at the City of Victorville’s Civil Rights Memorial.
Randolph was selected to be honored with a plaque by 7th grade student and civil rights essay contest winner Reiner Yabut, along with Victor Elemenary School District Superintendent Jan Gonzales. The child was too shy to read the essay, so his mother, Roseanna read it for him.
Rev. Dr. James Munyi of Transformation Multicultural Fellowship said a closing prayer to end the program.