Community gathers early to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

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Bundled up in scarves, hats and heavy coats, hundreds marched through the streets of downtown Wichita in reflection of Martin Luther King Jr.’s work.

“This represents everybody coming together. It doesn't matter who you are or where you come from. This is a matter of being active in the community, having a voice in the community and that’s what Martin Luther King was all about, serving the community and that’s what this is,” Former Wichita Vice Mayor, Lavonta Williams said.

Hosted by The Kansas African American Museum, the MLK parade was started by Bishop Wade Moore nearly ten years ago and he says it has only grown from there.

“It’s very important for us to meet in the community and not just one community because what Dr. King did was bring many communities together to form one community so it’s pretty awesome and needed for us to understand each other,” Moore said.

Those who marched reflected on the work that MLK did and the nation that he helped to build.

“We didn’t always have the freedoms that we have. We weren’t able to have the education and the possibilities we have and so this is a reminder that be grateful for what Dr. King and all of those people who fought with him to get the rights, the civil rights that we have today,” said Natalie Toney, who marched in the parade.

Community leaders alongside friends, family and residents, joining together, as one, to honor Dr. King.

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