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PHOTOS: Austin Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

A crowd marches through Austin streets on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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A crowd marches through Austin streets on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Marchers walked through Austin on Monday to honor the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The civil rights leader fought against racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. He was assassinated in 1968.

The Austin Area Heritage Foundation organized the annual march, which began on the UT Austin campus, traveled to the Texas state Capitol and then headed through East Austin to Huston-Tillutson University.

People gather around Martin Luther King Jr. statue on UT Austin campus.
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The Annual MLK Community March begins with a short program at the statue of King on the UT Austin campus.

Kennedi Jeffries, who won the local Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition, speaks.
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Kennedi Jeffries, winner of the local Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition, speaks to the crowd at the statue.

Martin Luther King Jr. marcher holds sign saying "Live the Dream, Be Love"
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Participants raise signs like "Live the Dream, Be Love."

Martin Luther King Jr. marchers walk to the Texas State Capitol.
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Marchers head to the south steps of the Capitol for a rally.

Martin Luther King Jr. marchers walk the streets of Austin.
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The march was organized by the Austin Area Heritage Council.

Paul W. Darby III, George L. Cleveland Jr. and Lawrence O. Williams Sr. hook arms in front of the Capitol.
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Paul W. Darby III, George L. Cleveland Jr. and Lawrence O. Williams Sr. hook arms in front of the Capitol.

Crowds gather to listen to speakers at the Capitol before marching.
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Crowds gather to listen to speakers at the Capitol before marching to Huston-Tillotson University for a community festival.

The Soul Raider Band from Northeast Early College High School performs during the march.
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The Soul Raider Band from Northeast Early College High School performs during the march.

J.J. January waves to crowds outside of the Victory Grill along the march route.
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J.J. January waves to marchers passing the Victory Grill, a historic music venue on East 11th Street.

Dwight Carrington, D'Aire Best and Paislee Bodary sit along the march route.
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Dwight Carrington, holding D'Aire Best, and Paislee Bodary sit along the march route.

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