Yesterday morning, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., about 200 people took part in a "Walk for Peace" along the Grand Concourse.
The crowd, which included State Sen. Pedro Espada, Assemblyman Nelson Castro, community leaders and clergy, met in front of the Loews Paradise Theater, before walking south, several blocks, to First Union Baptist Church for a memorial service.
Inside the church, Espada, whose office helped organize the rally (and who walked behind a massive banner with his and King's faces on), took the mic to praise the civil rights leader and ask that youngsters there sign a "Resolution for Peace and Nonviolence."
Espada also spoke about how happy he was to be the first Latino majority leader in the state Senate. And he alluded to Andrew Cuomo's ongoing investigation into his healthcare network, and some of the bad press (here's an example) he's been receiving.
"People forget that Martin Luther King, at age 39 [when he died], was not heralded by the press," Espada said. "He was not deemed to be a man of the people. We must recall that as we read our daily papers and study the news of the day."
Hit play on the podcast to hear Espada's speech.