Even as the rain fell, marchers from across the country came together in step down Beale Street bound for the National Civil Rights Museum to observe the 45th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. King lost his life fighting for basic rights of equal pay and treatment for all. Some of the marchers caught up in the swell of the crowd Thursday morning say even after more than four decades there is still room for improvement.
"We still need, we still need it we need equal opportunity, equality in all phases we don't have it yet," says Charlette Johnson.
"It's 2013, we're still fighting the same issues we were fighting in 1968, better jobs, better wages, just trying to work together," added Glen Blacks.
If you took a look at the crowd you saw young, old, black and white, men and women all standing together. They say progress has been made, but the struggle continues.
The son of Dr. King, Martin Luther King III was there, saying it was challenging to be in the same city where his father lost his life. He also says his father taught him the importance of standing for those who can't.
"If the city is not willing to take care of those that take care of the city, then the city may have to shut down," he said.
King's words resonated with marchers, reminding them the world was built on their backs and by their hands.
"Forty-five years later when worker's rights are constantly being challenged at some point we have to say enough is enough and we're not going to take it anymore," Dr. King's son said. "Truly we've come much too far from where we started, you see no one ever told any of us that our roads would be easy, but I know our God, our God didn't bring any of us this far to leave us."
By remembering Dr. King's sacrifice, we remember his fight and that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.