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Man who marched with MLK Jr. in 1960's shares story

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Orrin Wallace wasn't even ten years old, but he vividly remembers marching with Dr. Martin Luther King Junior through Denver.

"It's very heartwarming," says Wallace,who is a student at Western Nebraska Community College.  "[It's] very inspirational to know that we've come so far."
 
It was back in the 1960's that Doctor King visited Denver's New Hope Baptist Church.

Wallace recounts sitting with his mother and grandmother as Doctor King spoke to the congregation.
 
"And after he got through speaking, we all gathered and walked from the church to downtown Denver holding hands and singing 'we shall overcome'," says Wallace.
 
While many people don't have the first-hand account of King that Wallace does, many still recognize his crucial role in the advancement of civil rights.

Some people say we can still learn from his message of equality-for-all.
 
"Even current days and the struggle with gay rights and marriage and those things," says WNCC student Christopher Lamont.  "We're all equals ."

"It's just incredible on how much has changed with equality and just celebrating everyone and their aspect of their lives," says Connor Zimmern, another student at WNCC.

Doctor King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.  He was assassinated four years later in Memphis, Tennessee.

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