MLK parade comes to downtown Albuquerque

Posted at: 01/19/2014 7:45 PM
Updated at: 01/19/2014 8:03 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The civil rights icon that inspired millions of people to dream of a better country with equal rights for all is still inspiring today.

It was April 4, 1968 when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

His memory marches on in the city of Albuquerque.

A Martin Luther King Jr. Parade was held downtown on Sunday.

Dr. King’s birthday was on the January 15th, and Monday is the federal holiday in his honor.

Cicely Ryan says civil rights and equality should be on the forefront of everyone’s mind especially the young.

“I think this is a great turnout because I'm from Georgia originally,” Ryan said. “So to see this turnout and the kids representing and walking for Martin Luther King this is very great.

“Here as a police department, we are here representing our community…walking with our community and support,” Interim Albuquerque Police Chief Allen Banks said.

Many came to represent their own civil rights issues because they say as Americans; everyone has the right to dream.

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