Martin Luther King celebrated on 82nd anniversary of his birth

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX – Thousands marched in downtown Phoenix to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who stood for peace and justice and built a movement to try and repair racial discord.

Monday would have been King’s 82nd birthday.

Phoenix City Councilman Michael Johnson was in attendance at the downtown gathering and told local radio station KTAR that the MLK holiday should emphasize the need for a unified country and spirit.

King delivered one of his most notable speeches at the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963 in which he said the famous words, “I Have a Dream.”

A festival and a march in honor of Dr. King were held Monday in Phoenix starting at the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church and ending at Margaret T. Hance Deck Park.

A student rally was also organized to celebrate MLK Day at Arizona State University.

Speakers at Martin Luther King Day celebrations across the country warned of the dangers of harsh political rhetoric in the wake of the mass shooting in Tucson.