(Springfield, Mo.--01/15/18) Hundreds of Springfield residents took to the streets today for marches, speeches and efforts to remember slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
Freezing temperatures didn't stop hundreds of people from marching through the streets of Springfield to remember the legacy of Martin Luther king Jr.
"Our weather today is not very nice but as you can see from our crowd, we still have a lot of brave souls who have braved the elements to march together and in unity," explains Cheryl Clay, President of NAACP Springfield.
Clay says the annual march is put on each year to celebrate King's birthday and to bring the community together as one.
"In order for our way of life and our happiness and our beliefs to continue as they have in the past and to move forward we have got to have a united front."
This year marks the 50th anniversary of King's assassination on a motel balcony in Memphis, Tennessee. That's why organizers are kicking off a year long commemoration called “Manifesting Freedom, Equity, & Justice for all.
Marcher Toni Robinson tells FOX 5,"His dream is still alive, that his legacy is still alive today. It’s very important to all of us and that’s why I’m here and we’re hoping despite today and the weather that throughout the year we can remember his legacy that marks this country and this world."
Marchers like Robinson faced temperatures in the mid 20's while honoring the civil rights icon.
"We don’t want people to forget. It’s easy to be frustrated and stay at home. But if we don’t keep the momentum now I think it falls all through the cracks.
Joshua Rivera and his organization called Real Love = Real Change were thrilled to participate in the walk and to honor everything king believed in.
"We’re here to help people realize that the work is not done, the struggle is real, it continues and it involves everybody. He had a dream of white, black, everybody, together so we’re here about unity," adds Rivera.
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