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Nashville marks MLK Day with annual march, convocation

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Nashville paused on Monday to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with several events across the city honoring the civil rights leader's life and legacy.

Hundreds started their day before dawn at the Music City Center.

"To me, it's an optimistic day. It's about people giving back and thinking about ways we can improve our country to make it a fair, better place for all," said Mayor Karl Dean.

Bone McAllaster Norton hosted its 13th annual Fellowship Breakfast Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Local, state and community leaders like Dr. C.T. Vivian, who stood arm in arm with Dr. King, gathered to reflect on the struggle and his legacy.

"We had these meetings at churches all over the city, and it made unity. And that unity is what made us one in this city," Vivian said.

And just as Dr. King had done in countless cities across the country, hundreds of people - parents, kids, students, black, white, young and old - gathered at Jefferson and 28th Avenue for a march that ranks among the largest in the country.

"As the years have gone by, we kind of forgot what Dr. King meant to all of us. I wouldn't be at Vanderbilt if it wasn't for the things Dr. King and many others did," said Vanderbilt University senior LaDarrin Jones.

"We just think it's important if they're gonna have a day out of school that they understand the significance of the moment," said LeToni Murry, with 14th Avenue Missionary Baptist Church.

"I spent my whole life involved in social issues, and it's another way to say this older white guy really respects what the dream was all about, and I dream that dream myself," said Furman York, with Brook Meade Congregation Church.

After the march, the group gathered at the Gentry Center at Tennessee State University to reflect at a convocation.

The message was that despite how far we've come, the struggle is far from over.

"The Constitution can not be fulfilled - our scriptures can not be fulfilled - until we are all loving one another," Vivian said.

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