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VIDEO: Bay Area Freedom Train makes its final ride

Speeches recall King's peaceful approach to Civil Rights Movement

Thousands of people came out to San Jose's Diridon Station on Monday, Jan. 19, to ride the final Freedom Train up to San Francisco.

For more than 30 years, the train ride commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, featured singing and speeches and a chance for the community to honor his work.

"It's good to see everyone coming together, especially after a lot of the chaos that's going on," said one woman who took time off of work to ride the Freedom Train.

Parents also brought their children for the educational trip.

In school, all that's taught is Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream,' speech," said LaToya Gray Rogers of Salinas.

"But you never know the real struggles and the fights and the battles they had to go through in order through to have the rights," she said. "I want them to understand that is a long battle that we are still fighting, and we will continue to fight, but as long as we come together as a community it doesn't matter what race you are. The whole point is coming together and standing as one unit."

To watch the video, visit the Weekly's YouTube channel.

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