PHOENIX -- About 1,000 people of all ages and races walked in downtown Phoenix to honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday.
"Very special day for all Americans, most importantly equality for all of us," said one man taking part in the march. "It's what we've been fighting for for years. This is Dr. King's dream."
"It means the time for celebrating the freedoms that we have and being with family and friends," said a woman also taking part in the march.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton was also in line for Monday’s annual MLK event.
"It"s a time to reflect backward, but it's also a time to look forward in how important the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is and how relevant it is still today in so many issues we've faced in our city, our state and our country," Stanton said.
The three-mile march from Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church weaved through downtown Phoenix and ended up at Margaret T. Hance Park for fun and festivities.
"I think Martin Luther King made a really great impact on the U.S. by helping us like realize that everybody should be equal and I'm glad that we're celebrating it today and we should keep doing this because he's a great man," said a teenager taking part in the march.