By: Erika Fernandez | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 15, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- This year marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination and hundreds in our area remembered his life and legacy with several celebrations.
The first was a remembrance walk from the C.K. Steele bus station to the capitol, where dozens of local leaders spoke out about how far we've come. All who participated pushed for equality and the desire to see change, all in the name of Dr. King.
"Dr. King meant a lot to me as a child," said Rev. Derek Steel, the son of C.K. Steel, who pushed for desegregation at the bus station in Tallahassee. "I memorized his speeches. When I heard his voice on TV, it was like a big bell sounding off."
"I hope that it will remind them of the good things of life and that evil cannot win," he continued.
Steele is just one of the local leaders sharing their successes, but also talking about how the community still has a ways to go.
"I would say that we're not there yet," Leon County Chairman Nick Maddox said, sharing a story about how his young daughter's friend told her she couldn't be friends with her because she is black.
"There was some anger," Maddox continued. "There was some heartbreak. You never want your young child to go through an experience like that."
Maddox said he used that experience as a teaching moment.
On Monday, folks praised Dr. King, saying his assassination didn't silence his dream, but only made it louder and broader.