Hundreds march in Phoenix in support of MLK’s mission | Selected items

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – Families packed Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix for a Martin Luther King Jr. festival on Monday. Performers took the stage and vendors sold food and clothing. People came together to have fun and celebrate the civil rights icon.

“We haven’t had MLK Day for a long time. So when we got him, you had to be here to support him,” said MiAsia Pasha. “If you don’t support it, it will go away. We don’t want that to go away. We need this.”

Pasha owns a clothing store, and the black business owner says the event is growing every year.

King’s example and insistence on nonviolent protest continues to influence many activists working for civil rights and social change.

“I’m so glad to see so many people out here today because this is a special day. I’ll be here until I die,” Pasha said.

She wants people to unite more. In a divided world, everyone must push for equality, she says. It’s nice to have a day off, but there’s more to do.

“The hate we have is going away. I want all of this to go away. He’s coming, maybe not in my lifetime because I’m 70 years old, but he’s coming,” Pasha said.

Other attendees at the festival said MLK urged people to help their community. People also fed the homeless around Phoenix on Monday morning.

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