King Day marked with celebrations, marches, calls for justice

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Minnesotans paid tribute to Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday – in some cases by celebrating his legacy, in others by rallying against racial injustices activists say still permeate Minnesota.

It was 30 years ago that a holiday honoring King was first observed in the United States. On Monday the official state celebration was held at the Ordway Center in St. Paul with the theme: "The Power of Telling Your Story: 30 Years of Us."

In addition to remarks from dignitaries, WCCO says there was a youth rally that featured spoken word, song, and dance performances before a march down 4th Street.

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Activist marches meet on bridge

Later in the day, marchers rallied in memory of Jamar Clark and Marcus Golden, two young African-American men who were fatally shot by police in Minneapolis and St. Paul, respectively.

Marches started in each city and converged on the Lake Street bridge over the Mississippi River.

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Organizers called it the Tale of Two Cities/MLK Justice Rally.

They want the Hennepin County Attorney to prosecute the officers who shot Clark. The 24-year-old was killed in a November confrontation after police say he interfered with an ambulance crew treating a domestic assault victim.

The activists also called for authorities to reopen the case of Golden. A grand jury found last spring that two officers were justified in firing at Golden as he drove his SUV at one of the officers.

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