Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) is and was an American hero and icon who sacrificed his life to help bring equality and a higher quality of life to the poor, disenfranchised, and minorities of the United States. To this day, the impact of his legacy reverberates and inspires many throughout the country.

Among those inspired is William Gillespie, a former Marine Corps officer and current member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, the same fraternity that Dr. King was a member of and which approximately one-third of its brothers are either active or former service members.

For the last 10 years, Gillespie has taken time out of his work and personal life to help organize the MLK day parade in San Diego, California, because he feels it is imperative to honor his legacy.

“I think it’s absolutely critical to remember the legacy and all the things that he’s done,” said Gillespie. “[The parade] is an important display and representation of the things that he did.”