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With the closing song “We Shall Overcome” ringing in their ears, several Asbury University students, staff and administrators joined hundreds of people from the Lexington, Ky., area in observing the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., earlier this week.

Asbury University freshmen Quentin Carter, Nicole Arens, Alexa Goins and Julia Chin marched through Lexington, Ky., to observe Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. Photo by Joylily Bogle '16.Two Asbury students, Morgan Simpson ’15 and Gabriel Willison ’16, led the crowd in a candle-lighting ceremony at the 19th-annual Unity Breakfast held at the Lexington Center. A march through the streets of downtown Lexington followed the breakfast.

“The biggest thing I took away from the Unity Breakfast and march was the fact that so many people are still so dedicated to making sure equality is maintained,” said freshman Paula Diaz. “There is still so much that needs to be done to reach full unity, but the fact that Martin Luther King, Jr., made the foundation for equality, and people are still working towards it, is incredible. Getting to march with people who are still so dedicated was an incredible feeling and one I’ll always be thankful to have been a part of.”

Several of the Asbury students who attended are participants in Asbury’s Emerging Leader-Scholar Program, a scholarship program to develop U.S. ethnic students who are interested in becoming leaders on campus. The opportunity to help create a diverse learning environment in higher education resonated with King’s ground-breaking example.

“It’s important to reflect on what he did for us and be thankful for the fact that his hard work opened so many doors for us that would have never been open before,” Diaz said.