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January 19, 2009 in City
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The Rev. P. Happy Watkins’ emotional recitation of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech concluded the MLK Day program in the atrium of the INB Performing Arts Center before the estimated crowd of 1700 walked in a Unity March in downtown Spokane Monday, Jan. 19, 2009. Event co-chair Ivan Bush watches on.

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Five-year-old Sophie Saari, of Coeur d’Alene, takes the microphone from Ivan Bush, co-chairman of Spokane’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, and proclaims “Happy Birthday,” to the crowd at the conclusion of the Unity March in the atrium of River Park Square Monday, Jan. 19, 2009.

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On the 23rd anniversary of the national Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, Ivan Bush, co-chairman of the Spokane event marking the day, urged the overflow crowd of 1,700 people at the INB Performing Arts Center to turn around and look at their neighbors, and take the “day on” rather than the “day off.”

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Dave Brown Eagle of the Spokane Tribe of Indians asked the audience to think about the struggles of their ancestors while drumming a traditional Native American song during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the INB Performing Arts Center Mon., Jan. 19, 2009.