Thousands gather to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. (includes video story)

A meaningful march returned to Liberty City to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday. More than 50 years after King’s assassination, thousands of people came together to remember his dream of justice and equality for all. 

The 46th annual MLK day parade started on NW 10th avenue and ended at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, where a festival took place. The streets were filled with food, music and vendors along the historic route that traces the steps Dr. King traveled in Miami during his frequent visits. 

Families of different backgrounds and cultures came out to honor America’s most noted fighter against the country’s history of racism and segregation.

“It brings the people together as people and we get to just really enjoy ourselves,” said Jeffrey Owens, a parade visitor. “So it is not like Martin Luther Ling passed for nothing. His name still lives on even though he’s gone.”

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