Thousands Gathered At State Capitol To Remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Chris Fox
January 21, 2020 - 8:01 am
MLK Celebration At Texas State Capitol

Credit: Chris Fox, 1080 KRLD

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AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - They marched from the MLK Statue on the University of Texas campus to the oldest University in Austin, the private historically black Huston-Tillotson University.

The marchers stopped roughly halfway to rally on the South Capitol Steps.

The Concert Choir from Huston-Tillotson sang Gospel songs about ‘singing out and marching on.’ Their University President Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette, one of the featured speakers had the crowd link arms in solidarity and announce to those next to them that they would be more than just “a once-a-year lip service, every third Monday in January marcher,” Instead being “a drum major for justice every single day.” Burnette went on to inspire the crowd through the words of Martin Luther King Jr saying, “We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools. We must remain awake through a great revolution.” 

State Representative Sheryl Cole of Austin was one of the featured speakers. She told the crowd that it’s no longer enough to just march for equal rights. “We are in a post-Obama era. That means they expect us to step-up and know the issues and demand that our local officials represent us.”