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Annual 'Marade' honors King's legacy

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published January 20, 2014 at 11:26 a.m. Updated January 20, 2014 at 12:50 p.m.

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Terri Porter with Second Baptist Church in Little Rock walks with church members in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day march-parade Monday in Little Rock.

MLK 'marade' honors civil rights icon

Hundreds took part in the annual Martin Luther King Day march-parade through Little Rock Monday. (By Gavin Lesnick)
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Hundreds of marchers took to the streets of Little Rock Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day march-parade, an annual event that pays tribute to the slain civil rights icon.

Dozens of groups, ranging from high school bands to politicians seeking office to local businesses and churches, joined in the "Marade" that started at 33rd and Chester streets and was set to end at the state Capitol.

Some marchers clutched posters of King's face or a famous quote. One children's group sang "We Shall Overcome" as they walked past crowds gathered on the sidewalk. A sports car in the parade blasted a recording of one of King's speeches over its loudspeaker.

Diane Charles, coordinator for the Marade, said this marks the 31st year for the popular event.

"This parade is a people's celebration," she said. "Dr. King was such — he is an icon. He did so much for our country. No matter what the race, no matter what culture, no matter what religion, Dr. King spoke for the people. And he lost his life working and fighting, being an activist for the less fortunate. Those of us who lived through that time ... we feel as though we owe a debt to the ultimate sacrifice he made."

Among those marching was Earnest Franklin, president of Say's Stop The Violence. The group marched holding crosses representing local homicide victims, a way to promote its anti-violence message.

"That was a man that stood up," he said of King. "It is time for us to be as black people today to come out, to stand up, to vote, to do the things that's right, to be humble but be non-violent. But let the people know, let the world know that god lives in us."

Little Rock Superintendent Dexter Suggs served as the Marade's grand marshal, riding in a car at the front of the procession and saying just beforehand that he was proud to support King's legacy.

"It's important that we never forget what Dr. King and many others did for this nation as a whole regardless if you're black, white or hispanic," he said. "For a person to have that tenacity and integrity, that's something we all can live by."

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Popsmith says... January 20, 2014 at 12:11 p.m.

I did not appreciate MLK when he was alive. I've come to understand his message and put away juvenile propaganda.

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HalALouyah says... January 20, 2014 at 1:22 p.m.

Is marade a new word in the dictionary? Should all parades now be renamed?

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SRBROTHERINLAW says... January 20, 2014 at 2:05 p.m.

Why are we even honoring this man...there are so many out there who gave up their lives who are not ever mentioned yet we hold parades for this one. He was not as honorable as they seem to think he was.

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djigoo says... January 20, 2014 at 2:12 p.m.

"He was not as honorable as they seem to think he was."

Details? Or is this what FOX told people to say today?

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GrimReaper says... January 20, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.

Forget it, goo goo...........you've never been able to comprehend anything beyond Leftist propaganda.

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djigoo says... January 20, 2014 at 2:52 p.m.

How cute of you!

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kennid2011 says... January 20, 2014 at 3:08 p.m.

And the few ignorant comments posted here is evidence that you still live in a box and there you will die. Your mind is so filled with hatred and stupidity that you'll never be of any importance. That's why you hide behind a fake name and talk trash about things and people that you clearly have no real facts or truth about. Keep spreading the hate and ignorance of hundreds of years of dehumanizing behaviors. That's all you're good for...nothing of a good moral character can reside with such filth...and I bet that you all believe that you're wholesome church going folks...HAHAHA!!! How hilarious!!

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T6 says... January 20, 2014 at 3:13 p.m.

MLK has been sanitized as much as one BHO.

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HalALouyah says... January 20, 2014 at 3:35 p.m.

I guess since marade is not a real word someone needs to petition to have it added to the dictionary?

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GrimReaper says... January 20, 2014 at 4:23 p.m.

Feel better now, kennid?

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