Calls for change as hundreds mark MLK Day


ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Hundreds of people braved the bitter cold Monday for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day march at Grand Valley State University.

The massive crowd weaved through part of the Allendale campus in silence, ending at the GVSU Fieldhouse for a commemoration ceremony. The route was lined with signs bearing historic moments in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life.

For GVSU student Fawazay Oola, the march was symbolic of the path to progress.

“Leaving one place to another destination,” he explained to 24 Hour News 8.

Some students said the need for continued social progress and inclusivity is why they participated.

“I feel like … we have a lot of work to do and a lot of the stuff with Trump isn't great in my opinion,” student Macy Lydigsen said.

Lydigsen said the nation’s problems aren’t limited to race. She mentioned her disapproval of President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall — which is at the center of the partial government shutdown — and hardline immigration policies.

Full story: WOOD TV


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