For 25 years, University of Evansville students and staff, along with other members of the community, have been marching on the holiday to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
They led the way for hundreds of others taking the time to re-enact the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington.
"This community seems so divided so often, and it's nice to see everyone come together and work towards the same ultimate dream which is unity," Angela Roberts said.
Among the crowd, Roberts and her 9-year-old son, Kamden.
"Well, I knew it was a federal holiday, and I thought, I could miss one day of school for all he sacrificed," Kamden said.
Kamden is talking about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"I know he was assassinated at the age of 39 in Memphis, Tennessee," Kamden told 14 News.
The fourth grader says he wanted to come march because the world would be a different place if not for Dr. King.
His mom had no problem pulling him out of class.
"I think they can take one day to work towards the dream that has still not been completely been achieved. I feel like this is a more important place to bring my son, to be a part of something that is more meaningful than what they achieve by going to school today," Roberts said.
Though he says it was cold, for Kamden, Walking for Justice was worth it, to honor Martin Luther King and remember his message.
"I don't think people should be judged by the color of their skin. I think they should be judged by what's on the inside of them," Kamden said.
The University of Evansville's Martin Luther King Day events wrap up Monday night at 7:00 with a lecture in the Ridgway University Center.
The lecture will feature the Honorable Timothy C. Evans, Chief Judge of the Cook County, Illinois Circuit Court.
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