Marchers Honor Dr. King, Say Work Remains

Created: 01/20/2014 5:43 PM
By: Sean Boswell

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Hundreds came out for the freedom march in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday. Some people are saying that while a lot has been accomplished regarding discrimination in the U.S., more can still be done.

"Life is too short to bare the hatred of generations past," said former Rochester Human Rights Commissioner Robert Banks.

Banks says institutionalized racism is still a big problem in the U.S.

"There’s a pecking order. Some are accepted based on the complexion of their skin and it's not necessarily educational, it's economically based," said Banks.

Banks and NAACP board member Mitch Stevenson have concerns over race and economics.

"Martin Luther King and the group of civil rights leaders who would really be disappointed with how the level between poverty and the affluent is growing. That is very concerning in any society," said Stevenson.

Banks says that parity and fairness within a workplace is essential. 

"Martin Luther King transcended not only the African-American community, but poor people’s movements across the world," said Banks.

Though both say there are always more strides to make. They agree the world is fairer today than the past.

"It seems each year it continues to get better," said Stevenson.

They say having an African-American president has also contributed.

"I think you have to say it was part of that dream being realized," said Stevenson.

"He is only one individual. It takes everyone. Everyone in every household in America to talk about these issues, not in a negative way, but to find a way of interaction of coalescing, where we can respect each other as human beings," said Banks.