Thousands Rally for MLK Day in Macon

7:49 PM, Jan 21, 2013   |    comments
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Four different groups of marchers from different parts of Macon all met at City Hall for a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day rally.

One marcher 13WMAZ caught up with from a group marching from the Rosa Jackson Center in East Macon says the event has been going on since 1969, the year after Dr. King was assassinated.

But the marchers ranged in age from those who remembered Dr. King, to young children in strollers born after America elected its first African-American president.

It's why some marchers said they wanted to bring their children with them. "It's imperative that they understand that the things that they have like the witness to the inauguration of the first black president, Barack Obama, Martin Luther King paved the way for that," says Jada Elliott.

Many, including Mayor Robert Reichert, also said the event was fitting because it fell on the day of President Obama's second inauguration. "He is continuing to challenge us today to build a more perfect union," Reichert said, "And together we can build a more perfect union."

Altogether, the turnout at City Hall was in the thousands, with several hundred people marching from each of the Macon locations.

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