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MLK observance assembly, vigil at Savannah State University

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

On Monday, people throughout the United States will celebrate the life and achievements of an influential civil rights leader.

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we look back and remember the pioneer’s movement to end racial segregation in the United States. Thursday night in Savannah, students at Savannah State University held the school’s annual assembly and vigil.

First, students filled the seats of the Elmore Theater for an observance ceremony, featuring words by Professor Emeritus Otis Johnson. After that, a candlelight vigil led by the brothers of the Delta Eta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha.

"Sometimes, we get caught up in the aesthetics of everything and it's really important to really understand why we march, why we do the things that we do, why Dr. King and so many other civil rights leaders did the things that they did,” said SSU Student Government Association Chief Justice Maurice Nelson.

Just a reminder, SSU's campus will be closed Monday in observance of the holiday.

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