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Freedom March held in downtown Lexington to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Posted at 4:31 PM, Jan 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-19 12:12:11-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — People gathered in downtown Lexington Monday morning to pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Governor Andy Beshear, and other community leaders led the Freedom March.

The marchers moved through downtown Lexington to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his message of peace and equality.

"Understand the fight Martin Luther King gave and everyone else, for centuries, so we could all be equal, and considered equal in everyone's eyes," Teri Jones said.

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Given the Black Lives Matter movement and the events of the past year, several marchers explained that's why it's more important than ever to come together.

"I decided to come because I really like to see the unity, especially with everything going on. It's very important for us to come together for such an important cause like today," Davion Sanders said.

As the march continued, Alfalfa Restaurant on Main Street offered warm drinks to the participants. Their way of being part of history.

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"I'm glad that I am alive and being able to witness this event taking place. I'm glad that people are still honoring MLK's name; it means a lot, you know, that people still care," Kahala Johnson, an employee at Alfalfa, said.

Despite the circumstances, the march is progress for the future.

"As a Kentuckian, it really means a lot because of the division with the Breonna Taylor case. This time, being united, walking together, and praying together, I think it's a great thing for Kentuckians," Wali El-Amin, owner of Alfalfa Restuarant, said.