Local peace marchers remember and honor Dr. King's legacy

Annual MLK peace marches took place both in Toppenish and Yakima.

For many a reminder of justice for all.

“We have issues throughout our country after a contentious political campaign for the presidency and I think some of the old feelings and emotions were stirred around race and hatred and division in this country," said Steve Mitchell, executive director of the Yakima-based Opportunities Industrialization Center of Washington.

People from all races and colors came together to stand for what DR. King believed in.

"I think today is kind of like somebody who had a voice and was able to create big things and was able to bring all of us together," said Toppenish High student Anjulie Barragan.

While other shared their admiration as to why they look up to him.

“To me he gives me faith that if I have a dream it can be accomplished," said Kaitlyn Santiago.

The Marches featured several organizations.

From chants to music, the ultimate goal was to get people together and celebrate diversity in the community.  

"This is a time for healing and bringing the country together bringing our community together so that we can be truly one nation one people and one community," said Steve Mitchell.

Some sharing the importance of celebrating this day.

"That we appreciate this day and appreciate what he has done for us especially on this day because of all consequences and all the things that are going on politically," said Barragan.

"Keeping his dream you know, that he is a leader," added Santiago.

But mote importantly remembering what DR. King’s life was about.

"He was a unifier, he brought people together," said Mitchell.


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