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Chico Residents Gather to Honor MLK's Legacy

Chico, Calif.--Marchers made their way through one Chico neighborhood Wednesday evening to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. fifty years after his assassination.

Posted: Apr 4, 2018 10:11 PM

Chico, Calif.--Marchers made their way through one Chico neighborhood Wednesday evening to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. fifty years after his assassination.

The event was one of hundreds around the country where people gathered to remember MLK, and many who spoke with Action News Now said they want his dream of eqaulity for all to live on.

Francis Man sang and led the marchers on Wednesday evening. She was just ten years old when MLK was killed.

"I remember going, not being able to go to restaraunts, I remember my grandmother used to hold me by the hand and I used to have to go to the restroom and I couldn't go to certain stores, so I remember all the injustices that we had," she said.

Man made the drive from Oroville to take part in the event that was organized by the MLK Unity Group and the Chico Peace and Justice center.

Vince haynie is one of the organizers and said it's important to come together and work towards fulfilling MLK's dream.

"We are a community, we're a community that's made up of all different types of people and we need to start honoring and respecting that and celebrating diversity," Haynie said.

"It's not all the way perfect right now, things are not perfect, but they're much better than where they were 50 years ago," Man said.

After everyone marched, they gathered at the community park on East 20th street where they played excerpts of his speech and sang together.

"It's like harmony, so beautiful. It's nice to be able to have my brothers and sisters, whether black or white be able to look at each other and say how much they love each other, it's just a beautiful thing,” Man said.

Baba Ross Walker of the MLK Unity Group admits that the work towards justice and equality for all continues.

"There is enough that's been done, but we still have a long way to go, there is still more to be done," he said.

Man told Action News Now that she thinks one of the ways we can improve society and fulfill MLK's dream is simply by having more honest and open communication with each other.

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