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Hundreds Celebrate MLK Day before Inauguration

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YAKIMA, Wash.- Almost 50 years ago Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous I have a dream speech. Today over 300 people gathered in downtown Yakima to celebrate his life and the message he so strongly preached.

"We're here to honor the man who gave his life for a cause in which he believed," said Loddie Bryang, who walked in the march.

"What that means to me is there is no excuse for kids dropping out of school, failure to educate, teen pregnancies," said Ken Hargrove, who has been going to the march for over 15 years. 

And today there's more meaning to these people's march. Bryang remembers her childhood growing up in the South.

 "If there were empty seats you still had to sit behind signs that said color," said Bryang.

Forty six years ago Dr. King marched in Washington telling people of his dream.

People in Yakima are saying, tomorrow they're one step closer to making that dream a reality.

"Barack Obama is just the first step," said Hargrove.

"Step in the right direction. We're still marching for equality," said Bryang.

Yakima walkers are also marching for local activist Henry Beauchamp, in hopes that he gets better.