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Tucsonans march in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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TUCSON - Martin Luther King Jr. once stated, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

That message was just one of many echoed by hundreds who marched in Tucson, calling for equality among all people.

"We have so many problems and divisiveness that's going on right now, we need that we shall overcome and get-together feeling to feel good about where we are, what we're doing and where we're going,” said event organizer Clarence Boykins.

Hundreds took part in the 33rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom March in Tucson.

Some brandished signs calling for equality in many forms. Others broke out into song as they paraded from the University of Arizona Tech Park to Reid Park.

Multiple generations banded together, voicing opposition to discrimination.

"It means a lot because my grandmother was still considered a slave. For her to see the transition throughout the years means everything to me,” said Tucsonan Janisa Rodgers.

"We've been doing this with the Boys and Girls Club. We bring out some of our teens every single year so just want to show them how important this is to the community,” said Marcus Twine, also a Tucson resident.

Some argue today’s youth is vital to carrying on the legacy of Dr. King.

"I don't think we're quite at that stage where everyone is equal and having the same opportunities and being able to share their opinions without being afraid,” said Geva Ozeri, who marched alongside his friends with United Synagogue Youth.

For many, it’s not about politics but about the people.

"The struggle hasn't ended. Poor people are still poor, people are still being incarcerated unfairly so there's still a lot of work to be done and we've got to get back the message that got us to this point that Martin Luther King had to do deal with 56 years ago,” Boykins said.

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