Last Monday, hundreds of community members gathered at the Forty Acres to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Starting at 9 a.m. at the MLK Statue on the East Mall, the public enjoyed a brief opening ceremony then proceeded to march to the State Capitol and onto Huston Tillotson University for a festival.
UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves and Dr. Gregory J. Vincent, vice president for diversity and community engagement, were among the many guest speakers who reflected on King’s memory and celebrated his impact.
The event also included performances by the Innervisions Gospel Choir and a speech by Makai Muhummad, this year’s Oratory Contest winner from the Texas Empowerment Academy. Watch this video to catch some of the highlights from the 22nd annual community celebration.
Scroll through our Flickr slideshow for more visual highlights, including some snapshots of UT Elementary students marching in the parade.
For more information about the event, visit the Austin Area Heritage Council website.