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By Phoenix Johnson On Monday January 21st,I went to the MLK march with Roving Learners. Before we marched we heard speeches from people, at the University of Texas in Austin, next to the MLK statue. My mom and I got to the march with a Lyft. Then we started walking. While we were walking, John gave us one of the CB radios so we could split up from the group. We overheard what the police were saying. Then we could only use it for contacting John. After a while, we had to go back with John for the rest of the walk. While we were on our walk we got our picture taken next to the Chief of Police, Brian Manley. The weather was so cold that I saw people with thick jackets. There was a very big crowd. I’d say about a thousand people were there that day. After we walked, they ended the march with a festive party. It was very fun when Theo and I walked around. At the party, they had food stands, games, music, and more. Before we walked around, we ate lunch. For lunch I had a ham and cheese sandwich. But before we ate lunch I bought girl scout cookies. Then after lunch we walked around. There was a lot of free candy. Theo and I climbed a really tall tree, we went all the way to the top. It was very exciting. After that we tried picking oranges from a tree but we weren't successful. The party was at Huston-Tillotson University it was about a two mile walk. When we had to go, we had to wait at a our gathering point for everyone to come back. Then after that we got in the Roving Learners van and left.
During the march I saw a lot of friends of my mom and mine. I saw people from both of my old schools. I also saw friends from outside of my old schools that I know. Here is a list of everyone who I know that I saw at the MLK march: Nico, Aiden, Lucy, Peter, Olivana, Hailey, Kathlyn, Sara and more.
There was a food drive hosted by Central Texas Food Bank. My mom and I brought canned food such as beans, green beans and more. My mom told me to bring canned food so we could help people in need.
This wasn’t my first, nor, hopefully, my last MLK march. Over my life I’ve been to two different MLK marches. Last year I went to the march with my sister and her dog. We didn't go all the way. We went from the Capital to Huston-Tillotson. Next year I want to bring my dog Prince. I will be in Lamar Middle school. I hope to bring my new school friends next time so they can enjoy it with me. Roving Learners and I went to the MLK march on January 21st. I enjoyed the party and the free candy at the end of the march. It was cool seeing old friends during the day. There was a food drive at the march hosted by Central Texas Food Bank. It made me happy to donate food for people in need. I hope this becomes an annual tradition for my family and friends.