'Faith in America's Future, The Struggle Continues; Can't Hold Me Back,' was the theme for Monday's MLK Day Celebration at Tennessee State University. Hundreds turned out for a march down historic Jefferson Street, remembering the past while looking forward to the future.
Every footstep is a reminder of where they've come from.
"You should have been with us for march and the movement on these hills," said marcher the Rev. James Thomas.
"You can't know where you're going if you don't know where you've been," said marcher Danny Shelton.
Thomas marched right along side Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965. Today he's little older at age 72, and he's still marching.
"When I look at these young folks, and what we've done to integrate our city and country and now a black president; it's all worth it," Thomas said.
Hundreds marched from the corner of 28th Avenue North and Jefferson Street to the TSU campus for a MLK Day Commemorative Convocation.
"Still today there are ways in which the Civil Rights community can move forward and continue the dream of Dr. King," said Maryclaire Manard, marcher and Vanderbilt University student.
Newly installed TSU President Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover gave an impromptu history lesson to those in attendance.
"(It's been) 394 years since the first slave ship landed in Virginia in 1619," Glover said. "It's been 143 years since the ratification of the 15th Amendment for the right to vote, and many of us still don't vote."
The crowd took a moment to watch the second inauguration of President Barack Obama while remembering King and his dream.
"Keep the dream alive, we've haven't gotten there yet," Thomas added.
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