MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. echoed through the streets of downtown Montgomery. Speakers on the State Capitol steps played snippets of his famed speeches that called the country to action.
Monday, well over 100 gathered in downtown Montgomery to honor the man who spoke those words - a pioneer of peace and civil rights. The tribute included a march up Dexter Avenue - right past Dexter Avenue Baptist Church where Dr. King served as pastor.
“Just to be able to walk these streets - it was a lot that took place,” said Cynthia Fleeton.
The Montgomery native brought her son to Monday’s celebrations to honor the history right here in Alabama. It’s a lesson she wants her son to understand.
“A lot of people talk about it’s cold. Well, they weren’t worried about it being cold. They were worried about being killed,” said Fleeton.
The memory of what Dr. King fought for - resonating with others in the crowd.
“My wife and I served in the United States Armed Forces. To celebrate an American and a patriot who fought so hard for civil rights and for our Constitution, which means so much to us,” said Robert Light.
Monday’s celebration also included a special tribute to former state representative Alvin Holmes, who founded the march.