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Citizens rally, march in MLK's memory

Eastern Oregon University students and others march through La Grande Monday in memory of Martin Luther King Jr. (Chris Baxter/The Observer)
Eastern Oregon University students and others march through La Grande Monday in memory of Martin Luther King Jr. (Chris Baxter/The Observer)
Martin Luther King did not do it alone.

That is the message that Jamarkus Springfield, president of the Black Student Union at Eastern Oregon University, had during a short rally at Max Square late this morning prior to a march commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

"Martin Luther King did many great things, but he did not do them by himself,'' Springfield said. "…It starts with collaboration. It takes all of us together standing up together to say discrimination is not OK.''

Discrimination is not OK and neither is bullying. This point was made by Bud Hill who also spoke at rally. Hill, is a close family friend of the family of Jadin Bell, the 15-year-old La Grande High School sophomore who died Feb. 3, 2013, from injuries suffered in a suicide attempt on Jan. 19, 2013. Jadin Bell, who was openly gay, was driven to his suicide attempt by bullying, according to family and friends.

Read more in Wednesday's edition of The Observer. 


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