Thousands brave cold for Freedom March honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted at 4:15 PM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-20 18:02:59-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Thousands of people didn't let the bitter cold and flurries stop them from participating in this year's Freedom March. The march honors Slain civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. King stood for peace and equality.

"I was in high school in 1968 when Martin Luther King was assassinated. And thanks to him, I had a chance to go to the University of Kentucky and it opened up a whole world for me," George Wright said.

"So this means a great deal to me."

Thousands of people flooded the streets for a Freedom March, to celebrate Dr. King and his message.

" I'm very old, I remember my first one, I was at the first one," William Ellison said.

With no school, many students from Central Kentucky took the opportunity to commemorate history.

"There's so many people of all different races and origins and it shows how no matter what color you are, you can still stand for equality," Aszeme Lamb said.

The march was led by Governor Andy Beshear and Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton.