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Locals March in Remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

A special march was held Monday at the Nueces County Courthouse, in remembrance of the civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It was the 26th anniversary of the Federal holiday named for the civil rights leader, and a good part of the community gathered for the annual MLK march in downtown Corpus Christi.

Each year in January, the Corpus Christi Alumni Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority come together to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A small ceremony was held at the courthouse, where Mayor Nelda Martinez, County Judge Loyd Neal and Corpus Christi Police Chief Floyd Simpson were all guest speakers.

Local activists and community leaders, along with children who had the day off from school, began their pilgrimage from the Nueces County Courthouse and walked about a mile. Residents were singing, clapping, and trying to replicate the walk that took place in the 60s.

Locally, several groups were uniting to remind residents that MLK Day is not just a day off from work.

"We must never forget where we come from," said Stephanie Rodes. "The kids, they forget that people gave lives and sacrificed the freedoms that we have today."

The culminating program was done at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, where they had other presentations.

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