About 200 people gathered at Prescott College on Monday to march in Martin Luther King’s honor.
The Prescott MLK Peace and Justice March was relatively quiet and orderly. Escorted by Prescott Police Officers on motorcycles, the marchers started at Prescott College on Grove Avenue, where they walked to Gurley, and then down to the Courthouse Square. After circling the Square, they marched back up to the Methodist Church, where they gathered for a presentation. Adults and children alike waved rainbow flags with the word, “peace” printed in white letters, or peace signs on light blue backgrounds. Sometimes the children would break out in a chant, “Peace, peace, we want peace.”
Many held signs commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr., while a few carried banners reading such things as “co-exist” and “Demilitarize Our Schools."
The Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation carried a banner that read, “Black Lives Matter… Standing on the Side of Love.” This appeared to annoy a few spectators along the way, who commented loudly, “All lives matter.”
Towards the end of the march, members of the St. Luke Ebony Christian Church in Prescott Valley held signs depicting Dr. King or his sayings, “Let Freedom Ring," and sang as they walked.