MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - On Friday, Montgomery residents came together to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
They celebrated by singing, dancing and listening to speakers. It was all part of the 5th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration.
“What started here was a movement that reverberated throughout the world. Change. Change for unity. Change for love. Change for respect for our differences and seeing that those differences really make a commonality that God created,” said Dr. Tonnie Stewart, founder of the event.
Katie Bell was at Friday’s event. Bell first met King in college.
When Bell walked through the doors of the Davis Theater on Friday, she said it brought back memories.
“Because of the struggle and because of the people who we are recognizing today, we have moved forward, and we are because of them," Bell said.
Memories of a time in history she hopes the world will never forget.
“I’ve lived long enough to see many of the changes. In fact, I was a college senior when the bus boycott got started. He just symbolizes change and having the courage to say this is not right," Bell said.
King had a profound impact on Bell’s life, and that’s why every year, around MLK Day, she celebrates the man she once called friend.
“He was such a humble, kind person, but he’s changed my life to the point that I am who I am with social affairs and being able to be employed and the many many opportunities it has provided for me," Bell said.