Hundreds hit the streets in Tuscaloosa to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Hundreds in Tuscaloosa hit the streets Monday morning to pay tribute and honor the memory and dream of slain Civil Rights pioneer Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

More than 200 strong came together on the Martin Luther King Holiday to honor his legacy. Both young and old and black and white marched side by side from the University of Alabama campus all the way downtown Tuscaloosa to City Hall. ‘Quite a number of UA students attended, including law student Alyssa Agostino.

“There is still things today that he was fighting for back then that hasn’t been achieved so this is just showing that we are honoring his memory and haven’t forgotten and still trying to progress,” Agostino said.

Many who participated in the march and rally said King is their hero because he stood for non-violence, equality and racial unity. UA student Audriya Lyles says it was an honor to march to honor a man who means so much to her.

“I know that he’s the reason I’m standing right here on this campus right now.  It just means so much to me and I just want to make sure that I live out every aspect of his dream and I work at being a better individual so I can become more like him,” Lyles said.

The Martin Luther King Unity Day March is an annual event in Tuscaloosa. Organizers have been doing it for 33 years.

Copyright 2016 WIAT CBS 42

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