PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Hundreds and hundreds of marchers slowly made their way from 15th Street and Jefferson to Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix on Monday to celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Today is so important, not only the 50 years up holding the legacy and all that Dr. Martin Luther King stood for, but also to pass down the lessons learned," Tonya Norwood said.
Norwood was accompanying Girl Scout Troop 1141 to the march.
"We're trying to make sure that these ladies, these young ladies growing up know what true values are," she said. "It's not just about me, it's about the collective."
That sentiment was echoed by many in attendance.
"He wanted equality for everyone, not just blacks, but equality for everyone -- human beings, so it's a beautiful sight when you get to see this many people out here to continue his legacy," Tim Seay said.
Many local leaders, including Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams, and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton marched.
"That assassin tried to kill his dream," Mayor Stanton said. "Was he successful? No way. His dream is bigger than ever, more important than ever, more relevant than ever today. That's what he wanted, and that's what it's going to take for us all to move forward in America, for all of us to come together to talk to one another, to love one another."