Large crowd gathers for MLK Day March in Eugene
EUGENE, Ore. - Hundreds of people gathered near PK Park and Autzen Stadium on Monday morning in order to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and honor the legacy that was left behind when he was assassinated in 1968.
The group of marchers made their way across the Willamette River down to downtown Eugene, where the celebration continued outside of the Shedd Institute on High Street.
"It's such an honor, first and foremost," said Hunter Hastings, a senior at the University of Oregon. "He started in the same places as we did and truly made a difference by himself with the help of hard work and others. It's something that is hard to put into words, but having that intimate connections is an honor and amazing."
Hastings holds a special connection with Dr. King, with both of them being members of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, the first historically black fraternity, founded in 1906 at Cornell University.
"It's really inspiring, day to day just waking up, just knowing that you have taken even a few steps as the same as this legendary man," said Hastings. "It really is just inspiring."
Hastings says that Dr. King made an impact around the world, and his message continues to do so for his brothers.
"What we are trying to focus on is continue a lot of Dr. King's work in education," said Hastings. "He was one of the original advocates, for the national chapter to pour a lot of these educational grants and programs we have today."
On this national holiday, Hastings marches with hundreds of others to remember a legendary leader, who was also his brother.
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