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Rally and march marks MLK rememberance in Chico

By Colin Steiner, csteiner@krcrtv.com
Published On: Jan 19 2014 08:45:16 PM CST
CHICO, Calif. -

Hundreds of people gathered in the Chico City Plaza Sunday to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The event kicked off at 3 p.m. and featured musical performances from local hip-hop duo J Bliz and Young Lexx and the Doin' It Justice choir.

Speakers also urged the large crowd to continue pushing the great civil rights leaders message of equality and community.

In fact, the theme of the celebration was titled "Beloved Community," urging Chicoans to continue to work together to build a better life.

Organizers also focused their message on motivating younger generations to take up the civil rights cause in the future.

"We need to pass the torch and we've had people of all ages involved in putting this together, which feels pretty good," says Emily Alma of the Chico Peace and Justice Center.

After the rally attendees marched through downtown singing inspirational songs and carrying banners.

They eventually made their way to the Trinity United Methodist Church where they continued the program with socializing and food.

The event was co-sponsored by the MLK Unity Group, Chico Peace and Justice Center, and Trinity United Methodist Church.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is officially recognized Monday.