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Vernon church celebrates legacy of Martin Luther King Jr

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Melissa Porter | 17 January, 2018, 05:30

"We're just doing a number of things to beautify this area", Tatum said.

Dr. King didn't focus on the 'big shots.' Dr. King didn't focus on someone in a faraway place.

In commemoration, the 32nd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. march and rally was held Monday in Downtown St. Louis.

Several Seattle Seahawks players, including quarterback Russell Wilson and wide receiver Doug Baldwin, took to social media to pay tribute to King Jr. on what would have been his 89th birthday.

Dianna Thomas, a board member with the Roots Historical Arts Council, said quite a few volunteers came out to participate throughout the day. One way to know him is to find one of his quotes that you might like.

The group practiced for almost six months for the opportunity to sing a three song medley for hundreds of people sitting in the audience celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mayor Danny Giefer echoed Washington's thoughts as he delivered the municipal address.

Monday's event was not only a celebration of King's legacy, but the community's as well.

Though King was assassinated 50 years ago, Kimmel's "Lie Witness News" segment revealed some alarming truths: white people have no idea that Martin Luther King isn't alive nor do they appear to really know who he is. It's our obligation as a country - all races, religions, genders - to march on as ONE and continue to fight for our human rights and never let our voice fade away.

"Denver is a very inclusive town", said Dan Watkins, another first-time Marade participant.

Then some in attendance discussed the racial flashpoints that still divide us today, from protests on the football field.

As important as King's message was in his day, it still resonates today: equality; judging people by the "content of their character" and not "by the color of their skin". "There's many of us that have seen the change". "And make no mistake about it, they are racist - his actions against Dreamers, his actions to eliminate hope, it will not stand in this country. Little by little by little by little, our nation will be united as one".