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Monday was a day of remembrance that began on the steps of the University of Texas campus. UT President William Powers welcomed a crowd of hundreds of supporters including younger generations, all there to remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"MLK was an example for all of them to follow and we want them to know the significance of his life and what he did, the struggles he lived through and that it's important for us to continue on in his legacy, and to make sure that what he wanted to happen in the world today is carried through," said rally-goer Joan Robert-Scott.

Speeches by some of Austin's most influential activists followed, including Wilhelmina Delco. Speakers not only addressed Dr. King's service but also the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. Marchers then began heading south, a demonstration to honor MLK's efforts. It's a mission UT student Jeremy Carlson didn't take lightly.

"I think it's really important just for people to remember and to celebrate what he did because his work isn't over and if they kind of continue forward with the progress he started we're going to have a really bright future," said Carlson.

The next stop was the State Capitol. It's where Monday's MLK celebrations are also making a difference for those in need. This year marchers were asked to donate goods to the Capital Area Food Bank.

"We think MLK would be proud of what we do in central Texas," said CAFB ambassador Wanda Mills.

She says the food bank is just one way to give back on this day of service. A day's festivities that ended at Huston-Tillotson University. It's there Austin' Mayor Pro-tem Sheryl Cole says she was glad to see a diverse crowd celebrating one major goal.

"Part of having justice means we do not have two Austins. We do not have a very prosperous Austin and a very vulnerable challenged Austin and we must do all we can within our city and state policies to bring our community together so there are opportunities for all," she said.

To help the Capitol Area Food Bank click here.

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