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Mass Moral March recommits to MLK's fight

Posted February 9, 2019 9:30 a.m. EST
Updated February 9, 2019 6:36 p.m. EST

— Scores of people marched through Raleigh on Saturday morning to raise awareness about racial and social justice.

The Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) People’s Assembly Mass Moral March will honor Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s fight for justice and recommit participants to his goals.

The march was to bring people together “against the regressive extremism that hurts the least of these and the most vulnerable among us,” organizers said.

"I am here to stand in solidarity with the folks all throughout the state of North Carolina who believe in truth, justice and equality for everyone in North Carolina," said Gerald Givens, president of the Raleigh-Apex NAACP.

This is the 13th year the event has been held. Thousands of people have attended in past years.

"I feel a warm sense, a powerful sense, a sense that we can do this, a sense that people do believe, despite any of the kind of things holding us back," said Rev. Wesley Morris with Faith Community Church.

The HKonJ People’s Assembly Coalition consists of more than 125 N.C. NAACP branches, youth councils and college chapters and people from more than 200 other social justice organizations.

As marchers made their way through the streets of downtown Raleigh, participants said the turnout highlighted their message of unity and justice.

"I want people to be encouraged to voice their opinions and stand for what's right, to stand with one another and not against one another," said Princess Bush, a student at Bennett College.