LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Across the country people are taking part in commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Organizers estimate 1,200 people took part in the Freedom March in Lexington. The march has been happening since the early 1980’s.
One of the people marching was Juan Gomez. He was inspired by Dr. King years ago in 1963 by the ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.
“I was 12 years old at the time and I didn’t really know what was going on but I knew he was a great man,” said Juan Gomez.
Gomez says he was in the crowd in Washington D.C. when the Dr. King gave the historic speech. He says it turned his life around and now he pays tribute to him by participating in marches on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
“He was for the people, by the people, and of the people,” said Gomez.
People who were marching said events like the freedom march show how far we’ve come with equal rights, but many say we have a long way to go.
“We have the ability but it’s if we have the desire and I sure hope we have the desire,” said Joe Clark, Marcher.
Many people at the march have the desire to continue Dr. King’s legacy.
“Millions if not billions of people are looking up to him,” said Mohammad Ahmad, Marcher.
“It uplifts my spirit and confidence in mankind,” said Gomez.
Many wonder if Dr. King would be encouraged by the progress that’s been made toward fulfilling his dream or discouraged by it. We can’t know the answer, but what is sure is he impacted generations around the world for generations to come.