COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – Dozens of people gathered in Colorado Springs on Friday to commemorate the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington.
They gathered in Acacia Park to listen to speeches and encourage others to vote in November.
A relative of Martin Luther King Jr. was also in attendance.
Dr Kings’ nephew, Isaac Newton Farris Jr. spoke at today’s rally.
“America is in an ideal situation right now, the same ideal situation that produced all the gains of the civil rights movement,” said Farris Jr.
Exactly 57 years ago on Friday, thousands of people marched to Washington DC for their civil and economic rights. Decades later, leaders say there is still work to be done.
“It gives me great hope and I’m sure if my uncle was alive he would have great hope, but he would also have great disappointment”, explained Farris Jr .. “Because we are about to lose right now the Black Lives Movement because of things happening like violence, looting … Not only white Americans but also black Americans. We will lose this moment if we don’t do the right thing.
Of Washington DC in Colorado Springs, people across the country are once again marching for change.
“It’s always been important, but I think recent events in the news are so disheartening to bring it to light and make sure we don’t dismiss it. It should not be dismissed, it should be brought to light, ”said Rosa Linda Sanchez, president of the Diversity Council in Colorado Springs.
Even after decades, Dr. King’s message still inspires a nation.
“His fight was not for black superiority, it was for the equality of all. Its human power, not black power, not white power – human power, ”said Farris Jr.
Leaders also encouraged those in attendance to make their voices heard not only in person, but also in voting booths in November.
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