"The labor struggles continue and that's the sad thing we've come so far and yet we really haven't", said Terry Legierski, who's part of the CWA 1133 Healthcare Labor Union in Buffalo.
People attending Wednesday's "50 Voices for 50 Years" event react to a speaker's prompting to reaffirm that Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of civil and economic rights and an end to racism is still alive.
"We will be launching this initiative to that young people can use nonviolence to resolve conflicts as the students, the high school students, are doing", he said, referring students from Parkland, Florida, and their push against gun violence following the deadly February 14 shooting at their school. And on April 21 and 22, the Rochester Symphony will be honoring Dr. King and the goodness in America that he inspired.
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Dozens of people gathered at Antioch Baptist Church in Buffalo to remember the issues Dr. King fought for which include civil rights for all people. The conviction stood, and Ray died in prison in 1998.
"We have not seen a movement like this led by high school students for 55 years", King said noting that in 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama, 3,000 kids were arrested while protesting. Another march was scheduled in Yakima, Washington.
Shirley Mason was a young woman living in Detroit when King was killed.
She said she's grateful to have witnessed the historic moment in American history and added the march in Washington still hit close to home for her even though she's Canadian. "Why not get out ourselves and do some sacrificing?"