Bitter cold, snow and icy streets proved no impediment to those gathering in Denver Monday morning for the 32nd annual Marade to mark the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Numerous speakers took turns calling for a renewed fight for unity and racial justice, and opposition to white nationalism.
"We’re here today to say we are not going back," said former state lawmaker Wilma Webb, who pushed for a law making the day a state holiday before it was a national holiday. Her husband, former Denver mayor Wellington Webb, called President Trump "that white nationalist in the White House."
"If we can survive slavery, we can survive that man in the White House," he said.
After speeches next to the Martin Lither King Jr. state in City Park, the Marade stepped off down along the Esplanade in front of East High School, then turned west on Colfax Avenue before ending in City Park.
Hart Van Denburg is the digital news editor for CPR News. Prior to joining Colorado Public Radio in 2014, Hart worked at Minnesota Public Radio and at various newspapers in Connecticut, Texas, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.