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18th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March held in Poughkeepsie

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Dozens in Poughkeepsie honored Dr. King's legacy with a march through the city. YNN's Alexandra Weishaupt has more on the day's events.

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- “There are a lot of people in there and they all believe in change and there's been a lot of change,” said Poughkeepsie resident and community activist John Flowers.

People like John Flowers spend the day reflecting on how Dr. Martin Luther King's ongoing legacy has affected their own lives here in Poughkeepsie. The Alabama native is just one of hundreds of people at the Smith Metropolitan AME Zion Church on Smith Street. Songs, prayer and inspirational words fill the room throughout the afternoon.

Those in attendance then left the church and together they walked for justice and equality in the 18th annual Martin Luther King Jr. March.

“It’s cold out here, but I don’t care. It’s worth it because Martin Luther King did a lot for everybody,” said Flowers.

And now everybody here is working to make a difference the way he once did, marching to raise awareness of the need for more funding for youth activities.

“We’ve lost many generations and we’ve got to do something to get them back, our youth back,” said community activist Mae Parker-Harris.

And although many say there's still a long way to go to fulfill Martin Luther King's dream, Flowers says every bit of positive progress helps.

“Things aren’t like they used to be in the 1800s. We have leaders now and we have people that care about the community. Not just here, but everywhere,” said Flowers.

Activists are hoping to organize a community center to better educate children on the importance of caring about each other as well as their neighborhoods.

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