Students chant "2, 4, 6, 8, we are here to disarm hate" while marching down University Drive during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration on Jan. 21, 2019. (Cat Gloria/ WUFT News)
Photo Gallery: Gainesville Honors Martin Luther King, Jr.
Anthony X. Hardge, a P.K. Yonge Research School student, calls on people to reflect on their actions towards equality on Jan. 21, 2019. “We must all ask ourselves, ‘What have we done to make his dream come true?'” he said. (Cat Gloria/ WUFT News)
People bow their heads in unity at the start of the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in Bo Diddley Plaza on Jan. 21, 2019. (Cat Gloria/ WUFT News)
Betty Stewart-Fullwood, 68, sings along to he Negro National Anthem On Jan. 21, 2019. Stewart-Fullwood is a retired Director of Student Support Services at The University of Florida. (Sam Thomas/ WUFT News)
Rodney Long, a former Gainesville city commissioner, speaks to a crowd at Bo Diddley Plaza to celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 21, 2019. (Sam Thomas/ WUFT News)
March towards MLK Center
Gainesville residents celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday by marching down University Avenue on Jan. 21, 2019. Many protest for further equality, in alliance with MLK’s ideals. (Cat Gloria/ WUFT News)
Students chant “2, 4, 6, 8, we are here to disarm hate” while marching down University Avenue during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration on Jan. 21, 2019. (Cat Gloria/ WUFT News)
Victoria Gomez, 58, (left) and Rafaela Pelegrina, 23, (right) protest for equality during the march on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 21, 2019. “Justice knows no gender, no race, no religion,” Gomez said. (Cat Gloria/ WUFT News)
Gainesville residents march down University Avenue from Bo Diddley Plaza to the Martin Luther King Multi-Purpose Center on northeast 14th St. on Jan. 21, 2019. (Sam Thomas/ WUFT News)
Marlon Ivey, 53, marches with his fraternity brothers down University Avenue on Jan. 21, 2019. Ivey is the District Director for the local chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, the fraternity which Martin Luther King Jr. was a member of. “It’s great just to play a small part in these things,” Ivey said. (Sam Thomas/WUFT News)
Bhakta Blake, 30, and Parker Brown, 20, dance with other members of the Hare Krishnas during the Martin Luther King Celebration on Jan. 21, 2019. Blake said the Krishnas start their day by “filling up on spiritual food and then dancing it all off.” (Sam Thomas/ WUFT News)
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Leslie Tharp, a 33-year-old Gainesville resident, spends her time transforming scraps of metal into works of art. When Tharp isn’t working on commissioned projects for businesses, the city of Gainesville and individuals, she’s teaching classes and leading workshops on blacksmithing.