YUMA, Ariz. – The Yuma branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People held a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial March and Commemorative Service Sunday.
The march started at Union Memorial Baptist Church in Yuma and ended at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Neighborhood Center on Third Street. About 150 people took to the streets, holding signs with messages and peaceful quotes.
John “Bud” Johnson, president of the Yuma NAACP chapter, said residents should never forget MLK Day and the struggle for civil rights. Johnson said, “And he did so much for the community, he did so much for the people, that we still benefit from the work that he did.” Johnson said, “We feel a sense of unity and the fact that we’re all struggling together, I just want them to feel good about themselves and feel good about the progress they’ve made.”
Monday marks the 29th federal Martin Luther King Jr. Day. People across the country are holding marches Monday to honor MLK Day.