ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- In 1964 they marched through downtown St Augustine to fight for equality. Almost 49-years later they marched again to celebrate it.
"We all campaigned for civil rights. We campaigned for justice and equality for everyone," said Julius Collar.
Collar was one of dozens who honored Dr. Martin Luther King's hard work in the plaza where the civil rights leader once stood.
"It was not easy to march. We were dealing with the Ku Klux Klan, K-9 dogs, billy sticks, racial slurs. And they attacked us," he said.
"In 1963, I didn't like him at all because he stood for exactly the opposite of what I have been told my whole life," said Sheldon Beasley.
Beasley was also at the memorial and now thanks Dr. King for showing him unity during a time of division. "I grew up in the South during segregation days," said Beasley. "He was a turning point in my life."
Monday they both peacefully honored Dr. King's memory. "King's dream is the American dream," said Rabbi Mark Goldman during the city's celebration.
And they celebrate the life that helped the nation's oldest city and entire country come together.