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Mon January 21, 2008
Cheyenne Celebrates King's Life
Cheyenne, WY – Dozens of people braved bitter cold to march up Capitol Avenue in Cheyenne Monday. They sang songs and carried signs honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Love and Charity Club in Cheyenne organized Monday's 26th annual march. This year will mark the 40th anniversary of King's assassination.
Rita Watson of the club says it has been working for more than a quarter century to bring King's memory to others. But she says that unfortunately King's dream of equality hasn't been realized.
Gov. Dave Freudenthal addressed the crowd, saying it was a significant act of courage for former Gov. Mike Sullivan to sign an executive order recognizing the holiday in 1989.
The Legislature passed a bill recognizing the holiday in 1990. The Legislature also included mention of ``Equality Day'' in the King celebration as an acknowledgment of the state being the first to give women the right to vote.