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Hundreds March In Honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

17 January 2017  
350 participants march in the streets of Prescott to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday January 16th, 2017 in Prescott, Arizona All photos by Torrence Dunham

350 People Marched Down The Streets of Prescott Monday to Honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy

PRESCOTT- Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a special time when individuals pause from their hectic lives and remember the sacrifices King Jr. suffered while attempting to bring equality to all races of people.

On Monday, Bobbie Bollinger took to the streets of Prescott with her “little sister” Venice, 8, from the Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization and Venice’s older sister Diana, 10, to celebrate the memory of the influential Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the annual peace and justice march.

“The next generation is our future,” Bollinger said. “There is so much division in our world today so it’s really important for kids to learn the importance of these values of peace and treating people equally.”

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Individuals of all ages from small children to elders walked from Prescott College to the Courthouse Square before ending up at the Prescott United Method Church. Throughout the route, marchers chanted messages, sang songs, held signs and waved flags while wishing for peace, love and joy throughout the world. 

In the fourth year of the event, Keith Cross, one of the organizers, said the march has continued to grow from just 100 people in the inaugural year to 350 who came out to participate on Monday.

“I’m just thankful that we have all these people who want to come out and be supportive of this march every year,” Cross said.

Once the march concluded, individuals enjoyed a special celebration at the Prescott United Methodist Church dedicated to highlighting the accomplishments and life of King Jr..

Cross said the number of participants this year was the highest in the march’s history.