PHOTOS: Austin Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan 20, 2020

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.

The Annual MLK Community March begins with a short program at the statue of King on the UT Austin campus.
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Kennedi Jeffries, winner of the local Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition, speaks to the crowd at the statue.
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Participants raise signs like "Live the Dream, Be Love."
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Marchers head to the south steps of the Capitol for a rally.
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The march was organized by the Austin Area Heritage Council.
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Paul W. Darby III, George L. Cleveland Jr. and Lawrence O. Williams Sr. hook arms in front of the Capitol.
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Crowds gather to listen to speakers at the Capitol before marching to Huston-Tillotson University for a community festival.
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The Soul Raider Band from Northeast Early College High School performs during the march.
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J.J. January waves to marchers passing the Victory Grill, a historic music venue on East 11th Street.
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Dwight Carrington, holding D'Aire Best, and Paislee Bodary sit along the march route.
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