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'Unity' March helping more youngsters embrace the 'Dream'

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TUSCALOOSA - AL -

Hundreds, if not thousands, marched from Tuscaloosa's West Side to downtown Tuscaloosa on Monday.  The call was for "2,013 for 20-13...and not only to stop there but to continue on," said Reverend Roy Ferguson, the president of the local Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which organized the annual King Day Unity March. "I want them to take with them the idea that they can do or be anything that want to do," added Rev. Ferguson.

  He said his message was for every race, young and old...many of which participated this year in a spirit of solidarity.

  They stressed that was the crux of the Dr. Martin Luther King's dream.

  "He gave  gave peace to the land, he gave peace and lot of us got a lot of peace after him and will still focused on forward," said Gwendolyn Showell.

   Every year the Tuscaloosa Unity March has focused on peach and promoting non-violence.  Marchers say they're encouraged by the number of young people marching.  "I think the leaders in Tuscaloosa have really stepped up to instill that pride in our community. Every year it grows and grows. I think the young people really embrace it," said Michael Mullen

   "He did a lot for not just us. He paved the way for us," said Daniel Silvers, a junior at Sipsey Valley High School

    They realize today that 50 years ago  there were some people who, for this moment -- they had struggled for them to get here. I'm proud of our city for turning out."

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