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Gadsden celebrates Martin Luther King Day

People in Quincy march to celebrate the Martin Luther King Holiday
Posted at 5:03 PM, Jan 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-21 13:08:04-05

QUINCY, Fla. (WTXL) -- It's a rare day in America on this Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

Our country's first black President, takes the oath of office to serve America for another four years. It is historical as President Barack Obama swears to up hold justice and equality.

The same issues Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. died fighting for.

For Lauren Wright of Quincy today's events are deep and personal. She remembers the 50's and 60's during the civil rights movement.

Wright says, "I lived it. Cause I was raising my children at the time. It's a point in history all us African Americans felt free to speak their minds and make a change."

Wright and others took to the streets. Marching in honor of Dr. King's name. They all shared one common hope.

Wright says, "To bring unity in the community. To educate our youth and our city as to the meaning of the civil rights movement."

The people marching say they want everyone to be treated equally.

During the civil rights era, you could not find an African American with the title of Assistant Police Chief.

Glenn Sapp is African American. He is the assistant Police Chief for the Quincy Police Department.

Sapp says, "Dr. King was one of our nations greatest servant leaders. Dr. King gave his life as a public servant so that I could stand here today as the Assistant Police Chief of a city."

Wright hopes next time more people will turn out for the march next year.

In Havana they celebrated the national holiday with a parade.

People lined the streets as the parade moved through town. The parade ended at the New Jerusalem Church on First Street.