Martin Luther King Jr. would have been 84 years old this week. While he is gone, hundreds marched in Atlantic City to ensure his legacy is never forgotten.
"This is my granddaughter and I've been trying to encourage her each year to come out so this is something she'll continue on doing when she has kids," Pat Tweedle said.
With Atlantic City just ending one of its most violent years, Pat Tweedle wants her grandchildren to understand Dr. Kings quest for peace, love and equality, so they can be the leaders of their generation.
"We have to have a vision and I think the vision was lost and until we get that vision back it's going to be hard to do anything and this generation right here is going to be the generation that makes a difference," Tweedle added.
The MLK march ended at the Civil Rights Garden. It's lined with unfinished pillars, symbolizing the continuing civil rights struggle, and the need to build bridges and find common ground to better this community.
"It's always going to be a continuous fight. No one, no entity always comes together but we can come together in a common goal and that's to build up our society," Councilman Aaron Randolph said.
The NAACP held this march to reinforce Kings legacy and dream of justice, equality, and freedom. The three principles pastor Eric McCray says are a foundation to a decent society.
"The dream will not die. The dream will continue to live on. We march to continue this struggle," Pastor Eric McCray said.
Pat Tweedle and her grandchildren are optimistic about the next generation.
"I think once we come together and understand what Dr. Martin Luther king was trying to do, I think we can accomplish anything," Tweedle added.