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Annual MLK Jr. Day march goes on with COVID-19 precautions

Posted at 7:53 AM, Jan 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-18 22:32:11-05

CINCINNATI — The MLK Coalition’s march included masks and social distancing this year.

The annual march took place in Cincinnati on Monday morning, and organizers had COVID-19 protocols in place to ensure the safety of participants.

Organizers also prepared Metro buses dedicated as the Rosa Parks bus for those who were not able to walk in the march. Participants could also register their own vehicle to drive in the motorcade.

The theme for this year’s march was inspired by one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous quotes, “We will never be satisfied until justice rolls down like water.”

MLK Coalition Coordination Director Louise Lawarre said that there is still much work to be done when it comes to injustice toward people of color, whether it be in health care or interactions with police.

With political tensions heightened this week, Lawarre said she hopes people remember that when MLK stood for equal rights, he stood peacefully.

"We will either go forward together as brothers, and to paraphrase him, as brothers and sisters, or we will die together as fools,” Lawarre said. “You know, I think this is the time to recognize, you know, still the racial unrest in our country, the divide, that separates us, and it's time to continue to use our voices in the best way we can."

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center hosted a virtual celebration at 9 a.m. Sen. Sherrod Brown delivered remarks at 9:50 a.m., and the march began at the Freedom Center at 10:30 a.m. and lasted until noon.

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