Roanoke event planned to honor Martin Luther King

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Monday, hundreds are expected to come out in Roanoke to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

People will be meeting at the Martin Luther King statue in Roanoke before marching.

The event is put on by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. It's been going on for the last 22 years in Roanoke. The first year, about 35 people showed up, but it has since grown to a couple hundred.

The march will end up at Hill Street Baptist Church, where local high school students will be honored as part of their youth day service. This is an important day for Perneller Chubb-Wilson, who is the president of the SCLC. She met Dr. King in Danville when he was there in 1963. She describes her brief encounter with the iconic civil rights leader.

Perneller Chubb-Wilson, Roanoke Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said, "And I asked the question, how in the world are you going to do something as little as you are? They can run overtop of you... But he told me in a nice way through God all things are possible."

She says she learned a good lesson that morning, and that his messages still resonate.

People are asked to meet at the Martin Luther King statue at 12:30 p.m. According to the program, the march begins at 1 p.m. and the service gets underway at 2 p.m. at Hill Street Baptist Church, 111 Madison Ave. NW, Roanoke. It will run until 4 p.m.