NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans and communities throughout metro New Orleans pause to honor the legacy of a slain civil rights leader.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated during the turbulent civil rights movement, but not before laying the foundation for monumental change in America.
With great weather, hundreds marched to the MLK statue Monday at North Claiborne at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to mark the life of the civil rights champion who lost his life fighting for racial equality.
The official city observance began at City Hall where scores of people were in attendance. Then, in the tradition of the civil rights era, city leaders walked arm-in-arm singing songs reminiscent of the struggles of the 1950s and 60s.
Monday, of course, marks the national holiday celebrating the birth of King. His actual birth date is January 15.
An assassin's bullet took King's life at the young age of 39 in April 1968. Though the walls of racial segregation have long disappeared, the mayor of New Orleans and others said there are still areas where people are divided; so King's dream isn't fully realized.
"Sometimes we're not indivisible," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. "Sometimes we're divided by race, sometimes we let ourselves get divided by class, sometimes we get divided by income. Indeed, it's been a generation since a diverse group of men and women came together with ironclad will, with clear minds to destroy and eradicate Jim Crow, but you know today that battle still goes on."
Landrieu says with the inner city violence and the riots that took place in Ferguson, Missouri, society should ask what King often asked. Where do we go from here?