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2012 Martin Luther King, Jr., Unity Celebration

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Members of the Toledo Interfaith Mass Choir, including from from front left, Elaine Hunter, Marvin March, and Cerssandra McPherson, perform during the 11th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Celebration in Savage Arena.

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U.S. Reps. Marcy Kaptur, left, Dennis Kucinich, back, center, and Toledo Mayor Mike Bell, right, begin the procession of elected officials.

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U.S. Reps. Dennis Kucinich, left, and Marcy Kaptur, right, flank Toledo Mayor Mike Bell during the opening of the ceremony.

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Keynote speaker Hari Jones, curator of the African American Civil War Museum, speaks during the event.

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Deborah Ward holds sons LaMariayou Nash 4, left, and Josiah Dowell, 2, as she listens to speakers.

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Hari Jones, curator of the African American Civil War Museum, (visible on overhead monitor) speaks.

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The MLK Toledo Youth Choir performs.

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Arielle Campbell, 23, right, sings with the Toledo Youth Choir during the unity celebration.

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Dr. Anita M. Lewis-Sewell applauds key note speaker Hari Jones, Curator of the African American Civil War Museum, as he invokes the memory of Dr. King Jr.

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Brieyon McBride, 17, a junior at Whitmer High School, performs an original composition called "Wakeup."

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Jayla Gardner, 10, center and her classmates from the Ella P. Stewart Academy for Girls in Toledo, watch a performer on an overhead monitor. The girls from the Stewart Academy, and boys from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy for Boys, recited pledges during the program.

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Toledo Mayor Mike Bell speaks.

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Trazon Harris, left, is named the recipient of the 2012 MLK Unity Award by Toledo Mayor Mike Bell.

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Derrick Roberts directs the Toledo Interfaith Mass Choir.

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Dayshon Thompson, 11, at microphone, and classmates from the Martin Luther King, Jr., Academy for Boys in Toledo, recite an MLK pledge.

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Najae' Pettaway, 10, and classmates from the Ella P. Stewart Academy for Girls in Toledo, recite an MLK pledge.

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The Sister Cities Parade of Nations is part of the opening processional.

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Glenn Powell, front, and Michael Moore, back, left, listen to speakers.

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