DENVER (CBS4) – Perhaps some of the most recognized words from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had to do with tolerance and non violence, but he also had messages that pertain to some of biggest troubles facing Americans today — jobs, education and health care.
At the 26th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday Marade, what he had to say about those topics was heavily replayed through a multitude of speakers.
Organizers say people really wanted to hear inspiring words about those things. They also say that what King had to say about them more than 50 years ago is as relevant now as it was then.
“When a person is unable to work and feed their family and clothe their family, they’re going to do what they have to do to put food on the table and feed their children. When a person is uneducated and can’t find a job and the jobs they find are being outsourced, they are going to find a way to make sure that they are making it day to day,” said Vern Howard, MLK chairman and Marade coordinator. “Those are the issues that we have and they are just as relevant in 2011 as they were in 1966, as they were in 1968.”
The Denver Marade is one of the largest in the country with an estimated 30,000 people participating. The event began in City Park and ended in Civic Center Park across from the state Capitol.