Hundreds Gather to Celebrate Martin Luther King Day

By KBJR News 1

January 17, 2011 Updated Jan 17, 2011 at 7:19 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (The Northland's NewsCenter) - "To be non–violent, challenge, fight for civil rights; that's something that's near and dear to me."

Northlanders gathered today to remember the legacy of Martin Luther King; A Dreamer, a Fighter, a revolutionary.

"I think this is a great day to pause and recognize what a great leader he was."

A March from the Washington Center on Lake Avenue and 4th street to the DECC kicked off today's celebration.

Hundreds braved the cold and walked the bricked streets for peace and equality.

Lake Superior College Intercultural Center Coordinator Carl Crawford says today isn't only a day for African Americans—

"It's for everyone. Dr. King said injustice anywhere is wrong and that's what we got to fight. We got to march and take a stance and create a better place to live."

At the DECC, the sound of drums, singing, and a call to peace were heard.

Two students from Duluth Schools read Dr. King's, "I Have a Dream" speech... bringing the audience members to their feet.

Featured speaker Robin Washington, the editor of the Duluth News Tribune, spoke of the need for unity now... much like during the civil rights movement.

"Like the 60s, these are troubled times; all times are. There really are no good old days. Can you think of any? But when the worst happens, we can and we often... become our best."

In Duluth Mayor Don Ness' proclamation speech, he challenged Duluth Citizens to remember the legacy of Dr. King and not make it a day off... but rather a day on-

"And devote the 25th Anniversary of the federal holiday honoring Dr. King to encourage everyone to take part in a service project to learn what is best about ourselves and our community."

Mayor Ness also said we should treat everyday like Martin Luther King Day, putting equality and respect first.

Written for the web by Chris Axelson