Thousands gather to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. (includes video story)

A meaningful march returned to Liberty City to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday. More than 50 years after King’s assassination, thousands of people came together to remember his dream of justice and equality for all. 

The 46th annual MLK day parade started on NW 10th avenue and ended at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, where a festival took place. The streets were filled with food, music and vendors along the historic route that traces the steps Dr. King traveled in Miami during his frequent visits. 

Families of different backgrounds and cultures came out to honor America’s most noted fighter against the country’s history of racism and segregation.

“It brings the people together as people and we get to just really enjoy ourselves,” said Jeffrey Owens, a parade visitor. “So it is not like Martin Luther Ling passed for nothing. His name still lives on even though he’s gone.”

Layan Abu Tarboush is a digital broadcasting major at FIU, currently pursuing a minor in International Relations. As an international student from Jordan, Layan is fluent in both Arabic and English and has a deep interest in reporting on Middle Eastern affairs. Layan takes pride in being multicultural with great exposure from the East and West.

Esteban Rodriguez is a sophomore majoring in TV/Broadcast media. He is a producer for Caplin News and FIU's Sports show, Sideline. He hopes to pursue this path of producing for Sports Networks and/or Hollywood in the Film Industry.