MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Thousands across the Mid-South are celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. From parades to neighborhood cleanups, several are doing their part to keep the dream alive.
The National Civil Rights Museum always gets a big crowd on MLK Day, and the crowd gets even bigger following a parade honoring the civil rights leader.
Fraternity and sorority members designed their own signs and banners for the 27th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade, which started at Main and Auction.
There were also several neighborhood cleanups, including one in Frayser where City Councilman Harold Collins and District Attorney Amy Weirich pitched in to help.
They said a large aspect of Dr. King's legacy was lifting up humanity and they want to do the same.
"We can't lift up humanity here until we take care of some of the blight and some of the ugliness, and as District Attorney I understand how important it is to have clean, safe neighborhoods, Weirich said.
Collins added, "I think it really gives a sense of the true legacy of Dr. King; he wasn't about standing up and being pompous, he was about getting his hands dirty."