Minnesotans honor Martin Luther King Jr. with march - New York News

Minnesotans honor Martin Luther King Jr. with march

Posted: Updated:

Across the nation, people took time to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his work, and Minnesotans didn't let some frigid temperatures stop them from taking to the streets in his memory on Monday.

This year, the timing of the holiday coincided with the president's inauguration -- and it seemed to give the meaning a boost.

Four years ago, President Barack Obama began took office one day after Martin Luther King Day, and many remarked that his dream was being realized. This year, that dream became a theme in the president's speech.

Nearly 50 years after that dream was first shared in his historic speech, there was still a lot of enthusiasm in Minnesota -- even if there were so few degrees on the thermometer.

The annual march down Marshall Avenue in St. Paul was not at all hampered by the sub-zero chill. Rather, it was warmed by the idea of a day with a double duty -- the nation's first African American president began a historic second term.

At the park named for King in Minneapolis, an evening ceremony drew well despite the cold as people gathered to remember a man who faced much worse than a wind chill, to remember how far we've come, and to remember to keep going forward.

On the other end of the mall where Obama delivered his speech, King drew crowds to speak of equality in 1963 -- and that's a dream Obama says the nation must work to achieve.

"History tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they have never been self-executing," Obama said.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Bratton: Islamic State group threat expanding

    Bratton: Islamic State group threat expanding

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 8:43 PM EDT2014-09-17 00:43:17 GMT
    New York City has entered a "new era" of potential terror threats as hostilities between the United States and extremists from the Islamic State group intensify, Police Commissioner William Bratton said Tuesday. Bratton told reporters that there is no current information pointing to a specific threat against the city.
    New York City has entered a "new era" of potential terror threats as hostilities between the United States and extremists from the Islamic State group intensify, Police Commissioner William Bratton said Tuesday. Bratton told reporters that there is no current information pointing to a specific threat against the city.
  • High-fiving strangers in NYC

    High-fiving strangers in NYC

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:01 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:01:29 GMT
    Looking for a taxi cab is a common sight in the city. For some people, an outstretched arm is usually the sign for hailing a cab. A few other folks see it as something else.Meet Meir Kalmanson. He sees a hand in the air as an opportunity to lighten up a person's serious or frantic state. Meir decided to high-five his way down Fifth Avenue. The video of his rebellion of social norms has gone viral.
    Looking for a taxi cab is a common sight in the city. For some people, an outstretched arm is usually the sign for hailing a cab. A few other folks see it as something else.Meet Meir Kalmanson. He sees a hand in the air as an opportunity to lighten up a person's serious or frantic state. Meir decided to high-five his way down Fifth Avenue. The video of his rebellion of social norms has gone viral.
  • Empire State Building Facebook review controversy

    Empire State Building Facebook review controversy

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:52 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:52:40 GMT
    When it comes to visiting New York City landmarks, half the fun is reviewing them afterward on social media sites like Facebook. But some folks say the Empire State Building is reporting their reviews as spam.
    When it comes to visiting New York City landmarks, half the fun is reviewing them afterward on social media sites like Facebook. But some folks say the Empire State Building is reporting their reviews as spam.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices