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Local parades honor Doctor Martin Luther King Junior

PENSACOLA/MILTON   --  His dream before his death in 1968 -- was to see equality for all races in the United States..

Today is the *federal holiday* -- honoring Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior.
During the 1950's and 60's -- he led the modern civil rights movement...
   
Organizing nonviolent marches and protests to fully integrate lunch counters and public transportation.
   
He also worked to register black voters in the deep south.
There will be events all day to honor his life and legacy.

Including in Downtown Pensacola where a parade began just moments ago.
It kicked off at eleven at the intersection of Spring and Garden Street.
   
It will run through the downtown area.
Thousands have gathered to honor King and the equality movement.
   
More than 150 groups and nearly 30 floats are taking part in the celebrations.

MILTON   --  Hundreds turned out for the annual MLK Day Parade in Milton this morning.

City leaders, local churches, and members of the military marched through the streets.   
   
People of all ages lined the street to watch the celebration.
Organizers hope the parade was a reminder of Martin Luther King Junior's legacy of community service.