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Remembering Dr. King in Dayton

Today I was privileged enough to march in Dayton’s Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration. I was joined by thousands of others who braved the cold to pay tribute to Dr. King, and the impact he had made on our world. Dayton has a unique event featuring four separate marches, one from each direction, which converge simultaneously on Courthouse Square in the heart of the Downtown. The marches are then followed by a rally with songs and speeches by local and state leaders. This year’s featured speaker was none other than Governor Ted Strickland. He delivered a great speech – urging the crowd to overcome fear and further Dr. King’s vision of peace and harmony. The event closed with the crowd joining hand and singing “We Shall Overcome.” It was truly moving to see so many people, united to remember such a great man. This was the first time that I have participated in the march, and in spite of the bitter cold, I was delighted to have taken part. I got a great picture of Mayor McLin and some other great shots from the event. I even managed to get my picture taken with the Governor – although the bitter cold seemed to freeze a deranged look on my already challenged face. Oh well, a bad picture with the Governor is better than no picture at all.

Check out today’s events. If you were in attendance, what did you think of the event? Happy Birthday Dr. King.