Thousands march in Asheville to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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A diverse crowd numbering in the thousands marched from the St. James AME Church at 44 Hildebrand St. in Asheville to Pack Square Park to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy on Monday, Jan. 16. Many carried signs expressing love for King and his message of social justice.

Rev. Brent Edwards led the service at his church before marchers set off. Oralene Simmons, the founder of Asheville’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association, urged rally attendees to embrace unity and peaceful action.

Those who attended last year’s march remarked on the noticeably larger turnout this year. Escorted by the Asheville Police Department, the crowd of marchers held hands and sang as they walked along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and College Street.

The event speakers emphasized that racial discrimination is not yet eradicated. As a community, they said, we must come to together to end not only racial discrimination but inequities of all kinds.

All photos by Emma Grace Moon.

 

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About Emma Grace Moon
I am currently a senior at Asheville High School and an intern for the Mountain Xpress! I am originally from New Mexico but have been raised in Asheville for majority of my life. I hope to take a gap year after high school and later go to college in the US or the UK.

3 thoughts on “Thousands march in Asheville to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  1. Snowflake (Social Justice Worrier)

    “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. ”

    What is progressives’ unremitting obsession in their judgments? Skin color. MLK would be mortified.

  2. Audrey Keelin

    From what I can experience from these beautiful photos, Emma Grace Moon is one of the best photojournalists I’ve ever seen! Lovely job, Ms. Moon!

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