ALBANY, GA (WALB) -Dozens in Albany celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy by participating in “The Walk” literally following in the footsteps of the Civil Rights leaders before them.
Dozens gathered in Downtown Albany, the ending spot of the fourth annual “Walk”. They were led by the youngest members of the group, hoping to inspire a future generation and the change they may make one day.
“We know where the footsteps are, where Martin Luther King, Jr. stepped, a long time ago and I just feel like that’s historic,” said Kinsey Osborne, a participator in “The Walk”.
Kinsey Osborne was one of many kids who marched today, walking from the Albany Civil Rights Institute to the Government Center in Downtown Albany. A walk Kinsey said she was proud to do.
“Thank him because we would probably still have segregation,” said Osborne.
Kinsey isn’t the only one who feels gratitude towards Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Others felt a shared inspiration to walk years after the Civil Rights Movement.
“All races in Albany coming together, spreading love. In order for us to make it as a country, we have to love each other. It’s really just that simple,” said Howard Weatherspoon, the Vice President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Weatherspoon said he and his fraternity brothers didn’t have to spend today walking across Albany. But they did in efforts to learn from community leaders who first made the walk in protest against hatred and segregation.
“You have to stand for something, or die for nothing. The fact that you do have the day off, we could have stayed in the bed, but this is important to us," said Weatherspoon.
Hatred and racism young people in Albany are determined to continue to fight against.
“We’re in a country, a divided country, and it’s good to see not just us, as black people out here in Albany, but people of all walks of life,” Weatherspoon said.
Community leaders said they hope their presence here today will inspire change and inspire others to go out and fight for what they believe is right.