Northland celebrates legacy and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

By KBJR News 1

January 20, 2014 Updated Jan 20, 2014 at 10:57 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Dr. Martin Luther King Junior's dream of racial equality still resonates with many.

People from across the Northland gathered at the Washington Center in Duluth today to March in honor of Dr. King and his legacy of peace.

People from across the state flooded out the doors of the Washington Center singing inspirational songs and waving signs, it was quite a moving scene.

Dr. King led the March on Washington in 1963, but
on Monday people gathered at the Washington Center to march in honor of Dr. King.

"The fight for equality is a never ending fight, it's not just when it's warm or when its cold. It needs to happen every single day and the more that we make people aware of the importance of equality, hopefully the closer we'll get," said Brandon Clokey, Duluth Fathering Project.

While crowds were smaller than last year, many bundled up and came out prepared to march to the DECC.

It's something some plan for every year.

"I always felt like it was a really important thing to be apart of for our community but also stand up for what Martin Luther King stood for, who has always been on of my heroes," said St. Louis County Commissioner Frank Jewell.

The march was followed by a rally with several speakers including Jireh Mabamba, a UMD student who escaped the Congo and the fate of becoming a child soldier to find refuge South Africa.

Mabamas words honored Dr. King and former South African president Nelson Mandela.

"If South Africa was not integrated by the work of Nelson Mandela. I would not have been here today. We must stand up for what is right. And we should stand up for equality and we should be prepared to sacrifice to achieve it. Dr. King with many others died for that cause," Jirah Mabamas.

Even the children showed up to support Dr. King's dream.

"He went to jail for trying to stop racism," Zana Zeidan, YWCA Girl Power Program.

"It's really exciting to have everyone together celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr," said Alice Jacabson YWCA Girl Power Program.

A life devoted to the pursuit of racial equality across our nation.

The march was preceded by a free community breakfast at Holy Family Catholic Church.

Gabrielle Ware
gware@kbjr.com

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