The celebration to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. brought the Valdosta community together for the 29th annual observance to remember a man and his mission, the dreamer and his dream.
"I have a dream that one day, every valley shall be exalted."
Community leaders visited Saint Paul A-M-E Church including former Valdosta Mayor Sonny Vickers. Organizers say it's a great feeling celebrating the life of a man who paved the way for equality.
"It means for us, giving us our goals and objectives that we can carry on for what he has done for us and making us certain of carrying that legacy on," said Carolyn Haigler.
"It's an opportunity for us to honor him and remember his legacy and just make sure everyone remembers how far he has brought us," said Beverley Blake.
After the celebration, people marched to the Martin Luther King, Jr. monument to sing and reflect on what one man did for a nation.
"It's a momentous occasion. It's good to see when our community can come together and rally around a great purpose," said MLK Celebration speaker Elder Edward D. Mack.
"All of us know everything that Dr. King stood for, but at the end of the day it's all about us picking that dream up, and allow that legacy to live on, not just through us but through our children," added Mack.