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A mix of celebration and rededication marks civil rights march in Kalamazoo


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- About 125 people of all races, shapes, sizes and occupations turned out for a Wednesday afternoon march in Kalamazoo to mark the 5oth Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Soon after the events in Washington wrapped up, they gathered at Bronson Park for the kick off.

Mayor Bobby Hopewell says efforts to end racism have come along way in 50-years, but economic inequities remain.

He told the crowd that the movement had made it possible for him and Beverly Moore and Robert Jones to all serve as Mayor of Kalamazoo.

Then they marched down Rose St. to Martin Luther King Park for more speeches and a recitation of the address Dr. King made 50 years ago.