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MLK March Brings Hundreds Together

"Or eyes are still on the prize," says Oralene Simmons, the chair of the MLK Association here in Asheville.

The march drew about 700 people.

"We love to recognize his contributions around peace," says participant Meg Turner, who brought here daughter Mia.

"Martin Luther King was very important," the little girl explains.
   
Russell Johnson of Asheville brought his nephew for the march, which left St. James AME Church and ended up at city county plaza.

"A lot of people are missing the struggle, because they don't understand how far we had to come to get to where we are today," Johnson tells us.   

The short walk symbolizes the long struggle. Simmons says it's about more than just racial equality.
   
"The fair housing, aid for the poor, federal medical aid, education and a number of other things," Simmons says.
   
Downtown, there was time for both reflection and celebration. Making some wish it were MLK day every day.

"I wish we didn't have to have a holiday for people to come together," says Karen Cowan, chair of the MLK candlelight service. "And that his dream could really be lived out to where we are a nation of people that are united."

The candlelight service starts at 6 at Nazareth First Baptist.

 



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