"Our kids, they're in school, integrated schools together, and yet, they're like, 'how come we don't have marches here? We have them everywhere else.' How come we don't have them in Joplin?,'" says march co-organizer Willie Sweet Pea Rogers, Jr. "So here's the opportunity."
"To represent Dr. Martin Luther King, and honor his legacy and his spirit," says participant Travon Smith. "An doing the march, that represents so much to my rights and everyone else's rights."
Organizers say plans are already in the works for next year, including planting a tree at the end of the march and adding food and drinks.