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Antwan Harris / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- Hundreds gathered at City Hall to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day in one accord.

Dozens of community leaders, civic groups and organizations challenged each other to make a change in their communities as Dr. King once hoped for.

'We can come together and respect each other no matter what nationality race or creed,' Tommy Robinson said.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu said, 'Some believe ignorance hatred and murder are part of the natural order of things and we can't hope for better. This is a lie and this needs to change.'

Kasimu Harris of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., said, 'We have our stumbles. We have our things that go wrong sometimes, but this coming together of the community solidifies that we are doing is something right.'

Several school marching bands made their way through the parade route in honor of MLK.

School leaders say this is the best way for kids to be involved and remember the meaning of why this day is celebrated around the nation.

'The children need to learn about MLK and how to give back and I feel this is a way for them to use their talents,' said Dixey Faciane of Benjamin Franklin Elementary and Middle School.

Those involved say Dr. King's sacrifices for civil rights helped paved the way for many minority leaders in the city Monday.

Some say they hope to continue building on what Dr. King did decades ago.

'To be out here and to see us together and there no confusion, it is a beautiful thing. We are just here to celebrate a great man with a great legacy and really live out his dream,' said Terrylceda Perkins of Alice Harte Charter School.

This year's celebration was marked by a theme: 'Beloved Community, Mind, Body and Spirit.'

Organizers say a united community can help continue Dr King's legacy.

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