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Folks at MLK march hope days of division in America are numbered

Martin Luther King Drive in Asheville was the intersection between past and present on Monday.

A big crowd was also the link between young and older, including a group from Christ School wearing sweatshirts that read MLK in big letters.

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"We at our school symbolize equality and diversity," student Kevin Williams said. "And we just want to show that in our community. "

They were together with those who have been down this road so many times before. Organizers say about 2,000 people turned out for the march and rally.

"It's just wonderful to see a sense of community," said Bernadette Thompson of Asheville, who says Martin Luther King Jr. Day couldn't come soon enough, in light of the contentious presidential election. "With everything that's going on in our nation, it's just great that people still want to come together."

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They can only hope the days of division are numbered. Some told us the message of racial harmony, has evolved into something even bigger.

"I'm from Asheville, but this is my first time," said Didi, who brought her sister Regina to embrace humanity. "Hopefully it'll bring us all together."

The diverse crowd speaks with simple steps.

"As a country, I think we need to understand we're better united and stronger together," Asha DelCogliano of Burnsville said.

Speaker Johnnie N. Grant of Urban News says attaining Martin Luther King's dream remains a work in progress.

"You must stand up," she told the crowd at Pack Square Park. "You must speak out, and you must unfold the dream. For today, for tomorrow, and for future generations."

Many believe Dr. King's vision is as poignant as ever in 2017, still inspired by his memory to march with a renewed sense of urgency.

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