Hundreds celebrate MLK day around the Magic city
BIRMINGHAM - AL —
Hundreds gathered in downtown Birmingham to honor the life and legacy for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "Martin Luther King did things for us that nobody else has done. And nobody else will probably ever do," says participant Mae Haynes.
Monday's events started at the Boutwell Auditorium, for the annual Unity Breakfast, where the 10th judicial circuit of Alabama Judge Houston Brown spoke. City leaders like Mayor William Bell says this is to recognize our history and teach the next generation
"It's important that we have this breakfast to remind each and every one of us and the new generations to come," says Bell.
Parents spent the day teaching that generation by bringing them to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. And across the street, at Kelly Ingram Park, a wreath laying ceremony where men held different King photos, remembering his fight for justice.
Following the march, leaders met at 16th street Baptist, where Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin addressed the public.
But for Haynes this day is more than the ceremonies, rallies and marches. For her, this day means remembering change. Haynes says, "We need to keep his dream, and remember the legacy, this means a lot to me."