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Big Sandy Community and Technical College Joins City of Pikeville for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity March

Published on Jan 22, 2018

Marchers walk through Pikeville led by the Honor Guard, during the 3rd Annual Unity March.

Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) and the city of Pikeville along with UPike held the 3rd Annual Unity March commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 15, that concluded with a program at Pikeville United Methodist Church. 

During the march, Rob Musik, Chaplain and Religion Instructor at UPike stopped attendees along the route to talk with them about the significance of locations to King such as the Military Recruitment building and the United States Courthouse. 

Attendees to the program concluding the end of the march were welcomed by Pikeville City Mayor, Jimmy Carter.  Randy Jones, Chaplain at Pikeville Medical Center paid tribute to the life of the late Rev. Gene Layne.  Layne was instrumental in helping to start the march and always pushed for unity and togetherness in his community. 

“As Gene would do, put Love into action” Said Jones.

Layne, was a former member of the BSCTC Board of Directors and pastor of the Church of God Militant, Pillar and Ground of Truth.  The march has been done in his honor since 2015.  

Justin Preston, Associate Pastor of Longs Chapel A.M.E. Zion in Virginia, recited King’s historic “I have a dream” speech with such elation, it felt as though Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had joined in himself.   Hazard native, Dr. Matisa Wilbon, from Kingdom Fellowship Christian Life Center in Atlanta, Georgia gave the keynote address. 

“Dr. King didn’t lead for perfection but for purpose.”  Said Dr. Wilbon.  “It wasn’t about him, it was about us.  We are better than where we were, but we are no where near where we should be.” 

For more information about the 2018 march , contact Tina Terry, Student Activities and Recruitment (606) 886-7374 or email