Yuma Residents Hold MLK Day March

Yuma Residents Hold MLK Day March

Story By: Tim Lavigne, Meteorologist and Reporter

YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) - On Sunday, Residents of Yuma along with the local NAACP, honored Martin Luther King with a March through Yuma. Hundreds of residents of all races and genders brought banners, held hands, and some even sang religious hymns. It was a symbol of what King's mission was; unity and equality for all under the umbrella of civil rights and liberties.

Like the words spoken by Dr. King in his iconic "I Have A Dream" speech in August of 1963, still rang today in the hearts of marchers in Yuma. This year's theme was "Women on the Front Line" and Federal Public Defender Brenda Sandoval talked about how influential Martin Luther King was to bringing equality to all who faced discrimination.

"Extraordinary individuals such as Martin Luther King Jr, have reminded us that "Justice for all" is not just an American catchphrase." says Sandoval. She says King's teachings were what inspired her to become a lawyer.

"As a latina, who struggled myself and was born into the periphery of of society, I am proud to serve those who are discriminated by their socio-economic status... The color of one's skin is not what's important, you can do it, whatever it is you have to just go for it." Says Sandoval.

King was shot and killed on August 4th, 1968. President Ronald Reagan Made Martin Luther King Day an official national holiday in 1983, and it was observed in all fifty states for the first time in 2000.