By: Ashley Harding
Dozens came out to the Capitol to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For the kids, the rally was about using his message to better themselves. They also love the fact that it's also the President's inauguration.
From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to our state capitol in Lincoln, Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy continues to inspire generations. Imani Wilson says he inspires her every day.
"His dream is something that we can all contribute to by fulfilling our own dreams. He inspires me to shoot for the moon with my own dreams," said Wilson.
This marks the 18th annual youth rally and march in Lincoln. This year's message is 'fueling the fire to take the next steps'. It's a call for all young people to strive for success. For some, it's no coincidence that this also falls in line with President Obama's second inauguration. It's something very important to Trey Anderson.
"Since I know that we also have an African-American president, I know exactly that there's nothing that can hold me back from anything that I want to be in life," said Anderson.
Dr. King believed education and hard work to be the key to success. It's a message these kids have taken to heart. Trey Anderson has been on the rally's planning committee for the last five years. He's set to graduate from high school this year. For him, this isn't the end.
"Next year, I'm going to be out here watching everybody else perform and, just celebrating this man. I mean, it's just an amazing experience," said Anderson.
Tuesday night, three sisters who survived the 1963 church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama are scheduled to speak at UNL. You can catch their story on Channel 8 Eyewitness News.