GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - Thursday marks what would have been the 80th birthday of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
To honor Dr. King's life and legacy, students at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College held the annual Freedom Walk at the Jackson County Campus.
"The job of freedom is ongoing and equal rights hasn't been achieved yet and it's important to remember that there is still progress that needs to be made. And I just wanted to show some solidarity with that," said Eric Place.
Place is in his fourth semester at the college. He wants his fellow classmates to understand that this march is about more than a lesson in history.
"I really hope that they take a sense of belonging and a sense of togetherness. That's really what Dr. King spoke about. We are all one people," said Place.
Dr. Lena Melton agrees. That's why she's doing her part to make sure these students understand the past as they prepare for the future.
"I think that those people in my generation need to share with the kids the things that we went through and then rejoice with them that they don't have to experience those things. But they should not forget. They should value the right to vote. They should value this wonderful country in which we live. They should know that the things that my generation went through should be the springboard of what's going to happen January 20th," said Dr. Melton.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College will continue its King Day Celebrations over the next several days.