Cincinnati remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during annual MLK Day Parade

Cincinnati remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during annual MLK Day Parade

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Cincinnati is honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the best way they know-how.

The 46th annual King Legacy Celebration was held earlier in the day with a commemorative civil rights march and motorcade.

“It’s just amazing to see people come out and say, ‘I’m gonna do it the best way I can,’ and those who are watching at home saying, ‘I’m gonna do it the best way I can,’” said Hamilton County Commissioners Vice President Alicia Reece.

Hundreds of socially distanced people made their way through Cincinnati for the annual MLK Day parade.

“We’re doing our best just like we have since the beginning of the pandemic,” Cincinnati African American Firefighters Association President William West. “Whether it’s by Zoom or the motorcade that the coalition put together to have folks still be able to come out. And actually, it’s probably a little bit better for folks to stay warm, but you know you never let the cold stop us no matter what.”

Those who came out are remembering Dr. King’s legacy and dream.

“It’s a day to recognize non-violence,” said marcher Gerald Prophett. “It’s a day to recognize people coming together. It’s a day to recognize I would hope humanity.”

Holding signs that read, “stop racism,” and “still dreaming, still hoping,” people moved through the streets to call for change.

“But this is not just about symbolism,” said Reece. “Right now, our country is at a time of reckoning and polarization and now more than ever we need the Dr. King agenda, not just the speech but the agenda throughout this country. Equal justice for everybody.”

More events to honor Dr. King in the Tri-State on Monday include MLK Day of Service at Walnut Woods in Evanston and California Woods in Anderson Township.

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