Onlookers in a zigzagging line held hands and linked arms, echoing a popular image of the civil rights era. In front of the crowd, the University of Massachusetts Lowell Gospel Choir and former event organizer Lura Smith sang.
“We walk hand-in-hand,” they sang. “ I really do believe we shall overcome.”
Students in the Red House Collective, a jazz band out of the Innovation Academy Charter School, started playing mid-way through the song. The music swelled, closing out Lowell’s 22nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.
The event was organized by Living the Dream Partners, a coalition of community organizations including the African Community Center of Lowell, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell, Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell, Coalition for a Better Acre, Middlesex Community College, Middlesex Community College Foundation, Lowell Public Schools, Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell and UMass Lowell. Donna Corbin, executive assistant to the president of Middlesex Community College, coordinated the partners.
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