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Biden, Harris and thousands of DC residents celebrate MLK at local events

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On Monday morning, thousands of residents flooded the historic Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in southeast Washington, D.C. — the throughway for the city’s annual peace walk and parade in commemoration of the late civil rights icon.

More than 120 organizations registered to participate in the parade, the event’s first return to force since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

“Just don’t give up the fight. And that’s what it means for me today,” Denise Rolark Barnes, co-chair of the MLK Holiday DC Committee, told ABC News.

Attendees at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day peace walk and parade in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 16, 2023.

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A large group gathers to watch a wreath-laying ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Washington, Jan. 16, 2023.

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“We have to continue to support each other, to fortify ourselves in the best way that we can,” Barnes said of the significance of Monday’s event.

Organizers also warned of the commercialization of the national holiday that to many may be seen as more of a day off from work and school than a moment to reflect and engage in activism.

“The holiday, as they say, is not a day off — it’s a day

On Monday morning, thousands of residents flooded the historic Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in southeast Washington, D.C. -- the throughway for the city's annual peace walk and parade in commemoration of the late civil rights icon. Attendees at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day peace walk and parade in Washington, D.C. , on Jan. 16, 2023. A large group gathers to watch a wreath-laying ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Washington, Jan. 16, 2023.

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