Charleston- A few dozen people marched on Eastern Illinois University's campus to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Zeta Nu chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. said, the inspiration of the march came from the Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965. EIU students, staff, and family members sang inspirational songs as they walked and held candles.
Brenda Major attended the march and program. She said, "This is so important for us to remember the struggles. . . I hope it ignites a passion in these students."
Tito Quinones is the president of the Zeta Nu chapter, he took time to reflect on what it's like to be a black man in America.
"There are definitely struggles that we face, that other people don't. The purpose of this program is to overcome that and not use them as crutches."
He said, he wants everyone to live out Dr. King's dream.
"Some people have become complacent with how we are and that's just not something Dr. King would be happy with," Quinones added.
Brenda major echoed his thoughts.
"I always reflect on the struggles of my ancestors and it lets me know I can do whatever God calls me to do. Whether I'm the only black person in the room, which often times I am. God has blessed be that I don't see color and really do what He has called me to do," Major said.
This is the 27th year the students of EIU hosted the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. candlelight march and program.