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Published January 16, 2012, 05:15 PM

UND Students, Faculty March to Remember MLK

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Dozens of people marched across campus at UND on Monday in remembrance of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Dozens of people marched across campus at UND on Monday in remembrance of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Students and faculty say it's important to remember how far we've come and how far we still have to go.

Nearly 100 students, faculty and alumni met, marched and shared what King's message of equality means to them.

Martin Luther King Jr's message of freedom continues to inspire people today, more than forty years after his death.

"I'd like to see people judging people by the content of their character and not for racial stereotypes which in America are still very evident," UND student Melvina King said.

"If it wasn't for people like Martin Luther King I think we wouldn't be here, the progress wouldn't be as rapid," UND student Tesfaye Mohamed said.

People from many backgrounds came together at the Christus Rex Center at UND to celebrate Martin Luther King Day in a special way.

"Today with different ethnicities and backgrounds , we are all gathered here out of love, our families and one another," Black Student Association President Yolanda Cox said.

A march, candle light vigil, prayers and music helped commemorate a man who had such a big impact on so many peoples lives.

"We have definitely come from slavery, oppression into freedom but I feel like in a way we still have a ways to go," UND Graduate Jamila Brown said.

"Whatever we can do with just a small portion in our communities that we live in, that's where we start," Cox said.

"I would like to see people looking at the content of someone's character which is what he always talked about," King said.

After the celebration there was a meal and a chance for people from all different backgrounds to get to know each other and learn from each other's experiences.

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