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How would Dr. King react to Trayvon Martin?

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Updated: 8/18/2013 10:32 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- He fought to bring equality for all. And those who fought beside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. say if he were alive, he would be fighting for Trayvon.

Almost 70-years later, hundreds around the country are marching to different tune after George Zimmerman shot and killed unarmed 17-year-old, Trayvon Martin.

"We don't need violence. We need justice," said Barbara Vickers.

90-year-old Barbara Vickers listened to Dr. King speak when he came to St. Augustine in 1964. "I have a grandson, and I am always nervous about him."

Vickers says if Dr. King were alive today, she isn't sure what role he would play in this case, but she knows it would be a peaceful one. "Dr. King was non-violent, and this should be a non-violent movement," said Vickers.

"The peaceful protests were what he was all about," said Christine Dailey.

Christine was arrested with Dr. King during a sit-in in St. Augustine. She says Dr. King would never agree to the $10,000 bounty the New Black Panther Party put on Zimmerman's head.

"We should not look at people and judge people as Dr. King would say be the color of the skin, but by their character and content of how they live and how they treat other people," said Dailey.

Though both Trayvon and Dr. King died the same way, they say the civil rights leader showed the world violence is never the answer.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 because of his peaceful protests.
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