TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- As President Barack Obama took the oath of office in Washington D.C. Monday, hundreds of people gathered in Tallahassee to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
They marched through the downtown streets to the state Capitol, recalling King's vision of freedom and justice for all.
The Martin Luther King Day rally coincided with President Obama's inaugural speech. The president remembered the words of the Declaration of Independence, just as King did in his "I Have a Dream Speech" 50 years ago:
"All men are created equal ... with certain unalienable rights ... life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
Patricia Williams joined this rally, wearing a Barack Obama T-shirt that read, "History Made."
"I'm happy because of where we were and where we came from. It is a joy and I just thank the Lord that He allowed me to see this day because of a lot of people suffered for us to have the opportunity to be here. So it's awesome."
John Harris said he was happy to see the rally coincide with the president's inauguration.
"We're here in Tallahassee celebrating Martin Luther King as well as President Obama. It is an awesome comparison of what great things our country has to look forward to."
Wilson Barnes also considered the juxtaposition of the King Day Rally and the inauguration. Barnes said he could not help but reflect on how far the United States has come.
"I'm reminded of the wonderful legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and all the great things he did in civil rights to make America the great nation that it is, bringing people together and the enhancement of justice in the United States and it just makes me feel real good to think about these things."
The birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. was January 15. He would have been 84 years old.
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