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Minnesotans honor Martin Luther King Jr. with march

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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.

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