Arizona was one of 5 states who refused to recognize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a National Holiday until 1993. Yesterday, a group of between 2000-3000 people joined together in solidarity to march in his name in the capital of Phoenix. Led by Warren Stewart, Jr. who used the opportunity to film a rap video to his original song “Stay Woke” which speaks of unifying people and staying alert of injustices, people of all ages, colors, and religions joined in the two-mile march from Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church to the Margaret T. Hance Park. The park was hosting the MLK Day festival where food trucks, music, and plenty of political action committees were set up geared to take on the 2018 election cycle.
The March unified various organizations, sororities, and fraternities as well as elected officials. Before the march, Stewart and Mayor Greg Stanton announced the day and the march as several individuals and politicians such as State Senator Catherine Miranda, Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes, and House Representative Reginald Bolding took turns holding the torch to lead the crowd.
We interviewed women to get their take on the day and what they were feeling about various topics such as how Dr. King would respond to a political climate as the one we have today? The answers varied and all showed respect to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Take a look at the photos and more can be found on the Zod & Drea Facebook Page.
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Some had stated this event was larger than in recent previous years and it may be due as a reaction to the current presidential administration. As conversations rattled amongst the marchers on size, the impending elections, and action items, it was clear all were inspired by the lessons left by Dr. King.