Parents, religious leaders and community activists marched through downtown Cary, joining hands and lifting their voices in a support of King's dream.
"Many of us are in the places, the jobs, the position we hold today because of this drum major for justice," minister Patricio Wilson told the crowd.
At a unity rally after the march, there were words of gratitude for King's accomplishments and lessons handed down from one generation to the next.
"The reason I'm here today with my children is so my family can experience what it was like to march when M.L.K. marched," Mia Wilson said. "So they can experience what his life was all about."
Still, residents say there is work to be done. They vow to do their part as the Triangle continues to grow in diversity.
"We probably need to start talking to each other more, making more efforts to communicate with new people coming in, because in some ways, I don't think we're connecting," says Carolyn Sampson of the MLK Task Force.