Thousands join in MLK Day march through downtown Phoenix

The 2017 Martin Luther King March, which took place near downtown Phoenix, attracted thousands of participants from all across the Valley.

The approximately 2-mile route began at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church and ended at Margaret T. Hance Park downtown.

Some marchers carried signs and flags, while others sang hymns and chanted. At the end of the march, an afternoon festival at Hance Park, filled with activities and vendors, rounded out the day’s celebrations.

The march was organized by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee in conjunction with the city of Phoenix, and is expected to return next year.

A crowd marches west on East Washington Street for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration on Monday. (Nicole Neri/DD)

Several marchers carried signs during the approximately two-mile march. (Nicole Neri/DD)

A woman leans over her balcony and shouts support to marchers. (Nicole Neri/DD)

Police guarded the boundaries of the march route. (Nicole Neri/DD)

Marchers carried signs calling for peace. (Nicole Neri/DD)

A group of men sang gospel songs and joked with each other at Hance Park after the march ended. (Nicole Neri/DD)

Correction: January, 17, 2017:

An earlier version of this story misidentified the starting point of the march as Pilgrim West Baptist Church. It has been updated to include the church’s correct name.

Contact the reporter at Nicholas.Serpa@asu.edu.