BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - From racing on the track to walking in unity, thousands of high school track athletes have come together to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.
“Equality, love, and patience," is how Thompson sprinter Zakiria Holifield describes what Dr. King means to her. “This day means a lot because some people look at each other weird when you see interracial couples or friends, but I don’t look at it that way, I see diversity.”
Holifield, along with 1,800 runners from 135 different schools across Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi, joined together for a unity walk to honor Dr. King at the Birmingham Crossplex MLK Indoor Track Meet.
“It’s a blessing. We get to bring all these races and ethnicity’s here into one area, we all get to do the same thing and compete, it really is a blessing," said Hoover sprinter Jonathan Martin.
As runners locked arms to walk a few laps around the track, choirs from Carver, Ramsay, and Hoover sang “Children Don’t Get Weary.”
“Family is everything because when I lock arms with these boys and girls and walk around this track, it feels like we are one family and family is everything," Martin added.
“It’s a brotherhood and sisterhood among all athletes. We’re here as competitors but when it all comes down to it we are all in this together so I hope that’s what they take away from it," said Thompson track coach Mason Dye.