|Published:||Jan 21, 2013 12:36 PM EST|
|Updated:||Jan 21, 2013 5:49 PM EST|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Marchers from across Southwest Florida joined in step and in song to mark the journey civil rights has taken since the days of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Hundreds of participants from several organizations took to the streets, starting in the heart of Dunbar and ending at Centennial Park.
"Makes you think about the times you had to do this when there was more controversy and more adverse situations," said Ken Burns, who has been a part of the march for 3 years. "It brings you back and puts things back into perspective."
That perspective is a little different this year, many marchers said, as the walk comes the same day America's first Black president is inaugurated for the second time.
"It seems like this all came together," said Joe Long, a long-time marcher.
Marchers said the event was one way to mark how much has been accomplished over the years, and what still needs to be done.
"There's a lot of blood sweat and tears, and I literally mean blood shed, in order to have the freedoms we have today," said James Mathews, a representative from Quality Life Center in Fort Myers.
"But it's not just freedom for black folks. It's freedom for all folks. Are we where we should be? No, we're not. Are we getting there? Yes we are."