Monday, 15 January 2018 17:00

Man who marched with Dr. King in 1965 honors his legacy Featured

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BAR HARBOR - The single digit temperatures didn't stop people from marching in memory of Doctor Martin Luther King Jr.

One person remembers meeting Doctor King, and says his message is still true today.

"His dream is still with us," Walter Seward said.

On days like today, Seward looks back when he was in Boston in 1965.

"I saw Dr. King's parade, and I joined it and I reflect upon that now," Seward said. "And I'm sure those who do participate today will say to themselves this is something I did that I'll never regret."

Now, more than 50 years later, Seward joined another march, this time to remember Doctor Martin Luther King Jr.

"He had a dream, and he would be happy to know that we are carrying his dream on," Seward said.

More than a hundred people marched through the streets of Bar Harbor, despite the single digit temperatures, showing the spirit of Doctor King is alive and well.

"The legacy of Doctor King is one of inclusive brotherhood and sisterhood. We feel like that is an important message for today, tomorrow, for every day," said Pastor Rob Benson of the Bar Harbor Congregational Church.

"They know that now, and they're willing to come and fight, to come and make a statement and walk and march, even if it's ten degrees," said Jackie Davidson, executive director of the Mount Desert YWCA.

Folks of all ages carried signs with messages they say are still relevant today.

"While today is a special day for kids and families to commemorate and learn about his life's work, it's a good reminder to keep practicing what he taught us all year round," said Kendra Rand, one of the event's co-organizers.

And for Seward, it was heartwarming to see so many people stand in solidarity with someone he's still inspired by all these years later.

"In life we all have to have heroes, someone we look up to and emulate, and I think Doctor King is one of those people," said Seward.

Kayla Fish


Kayla joined the ABC 7 & FOX 22 news team in May of 2017. She got into journalism because she loves talking with people, and she's incredibly grateful to share the stories of Mainers throughout the region.

She got her start in broadcasting way back in middle school as a member of a morning announcements TV broadcast club, and her love for the news industry took off from there.

Kayla graduated from Penn State University in 2017 with degrees in broadcast journalism and Spanish. During her time as a student at Penn State, Kayla was an executive producer and reporter for the "Centre County Report", an Emmy award-winning student-run newscast. She studied abroad in Ronda, Spain and traveled to Panama with an international reporting class. Kayla kept busy in college, spending four years working as a student manager in the dining hall.

Kayla grew up in the village of Shawnee-on-Delaware, located in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, so transitioning into life in Vacationland was a piece of cake! A self-described winter fanatic, she loves all things snow related, including hitting the slopes on her snowboard. She also likes hiking, kayaking or doing anything outdoors. She loves meeting new people so if you see her around, be sure to stop and say hi!