January 23, 2008

Marching for King in Gallup

Celebration of diversity

Rainbow of people join in MLK Day marchThe prayer circle kicked off the event as representatives from Baha’i, Islamic, Christian, Jewish, and Native American faiths took turns reading a prayer to the gathered crowd. Everyone then lined up and marched down Historic Route 66, across the Ford overpass, and down Montoya to the Larry Brian Mitchell Recreation Center.

The Gallup Fire Department Honor Guard led the group, carrying the flag as passing drivers honked their horns in support. Even drivers on Interstate Highway 40 who passed under the procession honked in support.

Lisa Frazier, who described herself as being Native American and Mexican, marched with her 5-year-old daughter. She said that she’s marched every year with her daughter, and this was the first year her daughter wasn’t in a stroller. She said that King’s message embraced all cultures.

“Dr. King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech gave us a vision for what we need for everybody,” she said.

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