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Annual Freedom March set to begin at 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 20, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The annual Freedom March for Civil Rights begins at 4:30 p.m. today.

The march is organized by the Huntington-Cabell branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Participant lineup begins at 4 p.m. at Young Chapel AME Church, located at the corner of Artisan Avenue and 18th Street.

The march ends at First Baptist Church, at 801 6th Ave., which will host a commemorative program honoring local civil rights leaders who have passed away. They include Oressa Johnson, Cora Floyd, Memphis Tennessee Garrison, Marion "Bunche" Gray and Herbert H. Henderson.

Huntington and West Virginia NAACP leader Sylvia Ridgeway also invites local churches with bells to ring them at 5:30 p.m. today to raise the consciousness of community members about the significance of the day.

All community members are encouraged to join the march.

"We have to keep the dream alive, the legacy alive," Ridgeway said. "The march is the carrying-on of the idea that if we're out there and people see us out there, they might join us."



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