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Celebrating Dr. King's Legacy

Posted at: 01/21/2013 6:56 PM
By: Brittany Lewis

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The cold might have kept the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day march inside, but it didn’t stop the march. A full crowd marching through the skyways of Rochester honoring the man, known for his work in the Civil Rights Movement and for equality.

"I wanna welcome everybody to our annual march,” said W.C. Jordan, President of the Rochester N.A.A.C.P.

In a march symbolic of the many civil rights marches Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led, a large crowd, singing and holding hand-made signs, walked through the skyways from the Government Center to the Kahler Hotel. The warm calm conditions of the hallways, a far cry from the hostile environments Dr. King walked through.

"The marches that they went on were not to the Kahler they were more like 26,30 miles away with people lining the streets that were not friendly to the cause,” said Jordan.

But some of his messages more than four decades ago, still resonating today. Those messages meant for the whole crowd, but even more so for one group in particular, the youth.

"Sometimes they say you don't know where you're going until you know where you've been. And sometimes when we look at things in America, there are not as many role models and young children to look at,” said Jordan.

"I made sure my grandson knew who he was. Very concerned that we did not lose the meaning of what he had done and how far we had come because of the work he had done,” added Gerri McBride.

Both young and old acknowledging more work could be done.

"I think that when we look at some of the statistics on the black America and on different areas like I mentioned earlier, jobs, housing, in health care, so many different areas. There are still disparities that we need to close the gap on,” said Jordan.

“My hope is they accept us. Not as illegal people not as aliens, those names they give us, immigrants, I just want to be accepted as someone that can come into this country, have a new future,” said Fernando Rodriguez, a 15-year-old at the march.

Their march will continue on.

There was a presentation in the Kahler following that march. A breakfast honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was held this morning by the Rochester NAACP and Rochester Chamber of Commerce.