The Rev. Chet Trower of Soapstone Baptist Church delivers remarks to the crowd gathered in front of the courthouse. “We need a dream, but we also need a plan,” Trower told those in attendance.
Pickens Courthouse hosts annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day event
By Ben Robinson, Courier Staff
PICKENS — A medium-sized crowd gathered in front of the Pickens County Courthouse Monday morning to celebrate Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
“Martin Luther King gave his life for civil rights,” Pickens City Councilman Carlton Holley said. “But there is still work to be done.”
Ashley McGrath, music minister of Pickens Presbyterian Church, led a choir in the singing of several appropriate songs, including “We Shall Overcome,” “Jesus to Walk With Me,” and “Let Every Voice Sing.’
The Rev. C. L. Cruell, retired minister of Easley Union Baptist Church, then repeated Dr. King’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech.
Bob Allison, a retired Pickens High School coach and teacher, helped lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance, joined by veterans and youth on the courthouse steps.
The Rev. Chet Trower, pastor of Soapstone Baptist Church, was the featured speaker for the event.
“We need a dream, but we also need a plan,” Trower said.
Trower said that society should move toward a more equal distribution of wealth.
“I don’t have a problem with folks being rich,” Trower said. “As a matter of