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Rochester residents gather to celebrate MLK Day at Mayo Civic Center


ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX47) -- Rochester residents gathered today to celebrate the 52nd anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Day at the Mayo Civic Center.

The day's events started with an "MLK We Have a Dream Breakfast" and featured a panel of local high school and college students called "Living the Legacy: Rochester Drum Majors for Justice."

The students discussed the impact of Dr. King's teachings and how younger generations can partner with older generations to preserve his legacy.

"Rochester is that small community but with small outreaches, I really stress reaching out to your neighbors," said University of Minnesota Rochester senior Victoria Ajayi. "Because collectively in this room, there is so much human potential, so much human power, that things can get done."

Following the breakfast, attendees made MLK Day signs and attended a rally in the lobby of the Mayo Civic Center.

"I've been marching for many, many years," said Rochester resident Krystal Smith. "I see a change but it's been slow, we've been fighting for many years but we shall overcome."

City leaders joined in the singing of hymns and reciting prayers. The group then marched downtown in a show of solidarity.

Megan Zemple

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