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Martin Luther King Jr. marchers gather in front of the Capitol’s West Steps

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

The words of Martin Luther King Jr. were quite evident as the 32nd annual March for the Dream took place on Monday, Jan. 21. 

An estimated crowd of 30,000 marched to the Sacramento Capitol  Building and the Convention Center. Marchers of all ethnic persuasions came to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. as they marched from the Oak Park Community Center, Sacramento City College and Grant High School.

MLK marchers
MLK marchers
MLK marchers
MLK marchers

Community representatives, local employers, healthcare professionals, small business vendors and others attended the event to supply guests with valuable information about education, employment and community services.

VSP informational and screening mobile unit
Educational bus with information about the Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks

This year the event also featured a rally in front of the Capitol West Steps.

Occupy contingency

For the first time in several years rain did not come down on this parade allowing families to enjoy a car show and other outdoor events. 

Aztec dancers by the Capitol West Steps
Part of car show near K Street and the Convention Center
Inside the Convention Center

Crowds gathered inside two large halls to view high school marching band performances, poetry readings, community educational and employment panels. Dozens of community organizations were represented and had booths at different halls in the convention.

Idle no More group poses for photos after performance
Idle no More group poses for photos after performance
Part of Grant High School marching band on stage
Convention Center introductions
Inspirational spoken word artist

Educational videos played during the event emphasizing the work of Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement. The event also included many activities for children and adults to participate in. The hands on activities added to this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.

The work and name of Martin Luther King Jr. and the role he played in American history continues to be kept alive through the annual Sacramento celebration. 

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