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Arkansans celebrate King, inauguration at state Capitol

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published January 21, 2013 at 11:09 a.m. Updated January 21, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.

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Participants march in the MLK Day parade outside the Capitol on Monday.

MLK Day parade capped by inauguration celebration

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade in Little Rock ended at the Capitol, where a crowd gathered to celebrate President Barack Obama's second inauguration. (By Gavin Lesnick)
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A crowd gathered outside the Arkansas state Capitol on Monday morning to celebrate Martin Luther King Day and President Barack Obama's second inauguration.

More than 100 people gathered at the steps of the Capitol after the annual MLK Day parade, which winded north through Little Rock and featured an array of floats, sports cars and marching bands.

A large television was to have shown the inauguration ceremony live, but technical difficulties had it blank for all but the closing minutes. The crowd did burst into applause after a host announced Obama had been sworn in for a second term.

Ebene Givan, of Little Rock, said she came out to see her daughter perform with her school band in the parade but stayed to take in the inauguration.

"Especially with it being on Martin Luther King Day, it's special," Givan said. "I mean, it's definitely historic. It's a memory."

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DEMOCRATREPUBLICAN says... January 21, 2013 at 11:59 a.m.

When the article title said celebrate the King, I thought they were talking about King Obama.

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Jjackk says... January 21, 2013 at 6:49 p.m.

How about living the dream? Walking down a street isn't celebrating MLK.

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NoCrossNoCrown says... January 21, 2013 at 8:41 p.m.

I was taught that if you don't have something nice to say....
Don't say anything!!
I see, by some of those who post here, that was not a virtue taught in many homes..

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