Aug 28, 2013 11:59 PM by Rebecca Taylor

MLK march in Tucson, local ties to King family

TUCSON - A new generation gathered in Washington, D.C. to renew Dr. Martin Luther King's dream, including the country's first African American President.

In Tucson, there was a march commemorating Dr. King and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Several church and human rights organizations helped organize the march to Armory Park.

Organizers say it isn't a march down memory lane, but a call to action, a push to continue working for civil rights.

Felicia Crockett who participated in the march says, "No matter what color you are, or where you're from you should be treated like a human being."

The 1963 march for jobs and freedom brought hundreds of thousands to the National Mall in Washington.

Tucson Pastor John Fife was there.

"I was 23 years old, and just entering my second year in seminary, after college," says Fife.

News 4 Tucson's Rebecca Taylor asks, "Did you have any idea at the time you were going to witness, let alone be apart of history?"

He responds, "No in 1963 civil rights leaders and workers were being killed, and tortured in the South."

In 1964, Dr. King received the Nobel Peace Prize. That same year Michelle Crow's mother took a job as Coretta Scott King's personal secretary.

"What was really amazing about the experience was Coretta's office was in their home," says Crow, "So she really got an intimate look at their daily life."

Her mom Marjorie Ford passed away two years ago, but passed on life lessons.

"The importance of social justice and equality, and often times you're part of a small minority," Crow says.

Crow framed one of her mom's quotes next to her photo.

"That violence breeds violence, it's that simple," reads Crow, "Peace breeds peace, it's that hard."

For Fife and many who completed the march to Armory Park, their pursuit of equality for all, continues in light of a recent High Court ruling.

Fife says, "The Supreme Court decision, gutting some of the important features of the voting rights act, is clearly a step back."

March participant Joe Jackson adds, "Civil rights is a marathon, it's never over with. We've made a lot of good strides, but we still have a long way to go."


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