PHOENIX - Many valley families spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day making sure their children understood the legacy he left behind.
"I feel that my child should understand that regardless of the skin color, you should still be who you are. Never let what you look like determine what you can be," said Brittany Jones, who attended a Phoenix march and festival Monday.
But parents say the most special thing they shared was the history King left behind.
"It's just a day about everyone getting together, no matter what race you are. Just enjoying each other's fellowship," Kenisha Hill said.
Several families gathered in downtown Phoenix to participate in a march just as King did in Washington D.C. back in 1963 in the battle for civil rights.
Mayor Greg Stanton and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer attended the 3-mile march which started at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church and ended at Margaret T. Hance Park.
The march was led by students from Edison Elementary School who held the "Flame of Hope."
Parents say they want their children to seize the opportunities they have today-- while remembering the sacrifices made in the past.
At the conclusion of the march, a festival was located in the park with music, food and vendors.