Local man’s journey to honor Dr. King’s Selma to Montgomery march

Hampden County

A western Massachusetts man who has deep respect for Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s Selma to Montgomery civil rights march will go to Northern Ireland next week to follow in his footsteps.

Kenneth Johnston will mark the 50th anniversary of the seventy mile Derry to Belfast civil rights march, inspired by Dr. King’s Selma and Montgomery civil rights march.

On Wednesday, Richard Johnston prepared for his historic walk by working out at the Ashley Reservoir in Holyoke. He told 22News he hopes his monumental march will leave a lasting impression.

“The story is really all about Martin Luther King and the Selma to Montgomery march by people in Northern Ireland,” Johnston said. “In the early 1960s, people turned civil rights demonstrations.”

Johnston is collecting linen for a community art project in Ireland. Donated linen will be stitched together to create the largest tablecloth ever exhibited at the Linen Biennale.

Johnson is accepting linen donations through Saturday, April 6.

To learn more about how you can help, you can visit http://ourwalktofreedom.com/

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