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Jan 21, 2013 9:52 AM by Jamie Leary - MTN News

Bozeman marches for MLK

BOZEMAN - Dozens of Bozeman's community members marched on Main in honor of Martin Luther King Junior. It's been 20 years since Reverend Denise Rogers founded the celebration and says a lot has changed since then.

"Twenty years ago things were different, the Ku Klux Klan was in Bozeman, the Aryan Nation was here, we had other white supremacists groups here and I must say the reason I stayed was this loving community that said 'no' we're not gonna have that in our town," said Rogers.

This year, many at the celebration said they were impressed with the number of young people present.

"It means a lot to us that we can be who we want to be today and no one can judge us... we don't worry about that," said a young member of the One Million Ways Club from Chief Joseph Middle School.

Many of the young people present during Sunday's celebration were not only attendees but artists, singer and even helped to organize the event. This is the fifth year members of the One Million ways Club from Chief Joseph Middle School helped organize the event.

"Sixty-one years later to see the progress that has been made is wonderful, there is still a lot more work to do yes, but there has been tremendous progress," said Rogers.

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