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MLK Day March Organizers Say Event Is Civics Lesson

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, January 16, 2012

Sam Starks is with the group organizing the march - MLK 365. He says for many the event traditionally starts with sustenance…

"…chowing down on coffee and donuts and trying to stay warm and we go for it. It looks like the children of Israel coming out of Israel…everyone starts moving and music starts playing."

This year marks the 31st anniversary of the six-mile march, stretching from the Oak Park Community Center to the Sacramento Convention Center.

Starks says it'll be a day of music and celebration…but also an opportunity to teach kids about the Civil Rights movement.   

"It was not too long ago when there was fire hoses and dogs being put on a segment of the population. And it's a wonderful civics lesson if nothing else for teachers and parents to begin that conversation."'

After the march, people will gather at the Convention Center for entertainment and an employment and health services fair. 

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