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Hundreds march in Spokane to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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A march in Spokane celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day was defined by possibility. A march in Spokane celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day was defined by possibility.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A thousand voices together speak loudly, but on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a message of equality was best conveyed by the steps taken by hundreds of marchers through the streets of downtown Spokane.

After a brief ceremony inside the Spokane Convention Center, where Dr. King's famous “I Have A Dream” speech was read, marchers took to the streets with bands and banners to peacefully protest injustice and celebrate progress.

“I want my kids to have a better place to live,” Daniel McLay said, holding an NAACP sign.

McLay was arrested in Detroit protesting the day after King was shot and killed in 1968.

“There were riots and 150 of us were arrested,” he said. “It's amazing to see all these young people out here today. Things are pretty different.”

Cedric Bradley brought his young children so that they could begin to understand their history.

“They need to understand where they come from. The struggles and the triumphs too. This is a triumph here when you got so many people who want to support their cause.”

Joe Urlacher, on the other hand, was lucky to have attended the event at all. A heart transplant saved his life 16 years ago, and today he celebrates all life, and the importance of equality around the world.

“It's all about the unity of mankind, and it's all about the essence of oneness,” Urlacher said.

The messages written on the dozens of banners stretching the streets spanned protest and peace. “Black Lives Matter” decorated shirts and signs, a reminder of the national tensions between black communities and law enforcement that scarred 2014.

The local march was hardly defined by anger or frustration, but by possibility.

“It's amazing, the coming together of so many different people,” marcher Kingston Prescott said.

“We're getting there. It's not perfect but we're making progress. And that's what we'll keep doing as long as things like this keep happening.”

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