6-year-old organizes N. Arizona MLK march

CAMP VERDE, Ariz. - Just before noon, people began to show up in downtown Camp Verde, many carrying flags while others held signs celebrating diversity and freedom.

At the heart of it all was Chandler Plante.

The six-year-old, dressed in his usual button-down shirt, tie, and vest organized the town's first ever Martin Luther King day march.

At the right time, Chandler led the gathered crowd through the streets of town.

The march is a long-time dream come true for the young man.

"Because in other states and countries they do it, and we don't do it here, so I wanted to get one started here," he said.

It's one of his more modest goals, according to his dad.

"He told me at three years old, he wanted to be president of the United States," Robert Plante said.

After leading the march around town, the first grader spoke to the the packed crowd, thanking them for coming out.

"Thank you all of you for coming to my Martin Luther King march," Chandler said.

He continued on with a story about his hero.

"I would like to share a short story about Martin Luther King when he was six..."

Afterwards, he summed it up nicely.

"He was a leader and he wanted everybody to be nice and kind to each other," Chandler said.

The entire event left many smiling and certainly impressed with the young man. 

As Chandler signed autographs, his father said this is only the beginning of what this young man can accomplish.

"I think it's going to grow larger and larger and just progress each year," his proud dad said.

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