ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN)—At the Enterprise Civic Center, the King Mass Choir kicked off the
observance of the Slain civil rights leader’s life. If he was alive today, King would be 94 years old.
Enterprise Mayor, William Cooper, knew King personally. As a music major at Alabama State University in the mid-1960s, King would request Brother Cooper to play his trumpet during the marches.
As a young man growing up in Dothan, the mayor says he personally witnessed the brutality directed at the marchers’. More than 50 years later, Cooper says it’s something that he remembers just as vividly as it was yesterday.
During the marches, Cooper became lifetime friends with the late John Lewis who was
from Troy. Lewis would go on to serve as a congressman in Atlanta before his death in 2020.