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Waterloo remembers King's march on Washington

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A community came together Wednesday night in Waterloo to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic march on Washington.

The event was held at Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church in Waterloo, and was hosted by the local chapter for the National Action Network.

Pastor Frantz Whitfield said that it was an opportunity to reflect on outstanding issues of social justice.

"Our focus is to get together as a community and show people that people still care about them and that we're working on their behalf,” he said before the event.

The theme for the event was “Continuation of the Battle for Jobs, Justice and Freedom.” Speakers focused on ongoing issues such as voters rights and and unemployment.

George Meeks was a junior in high school during the historic march, and attended the Waterloo event. He said commemorating that day is still important.

"Some things have not changed and we need to come together again as a nation of diverse people to ensure that those rights that we've gone thousands of miles across water to fight for, that we still have those rights,” he said.

Pastor Whitfield felt similarly.

"Although we're not exactly where we would like to be, the things that were attaching our country in 1963 are attacking even today,” he said.

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