Hundreds gathered outside the state Capitol on Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's death as well as honor Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller.
"We've certainly made considerable progress but we have to keep working, keep fighting and eventually we'll get there", said Fallek.
King "called for a kind of risky unselfishness", Hutchinson said. He lived and died in a nonviolent way.
Retired school teacher Sandra Magnavito says, "We were just shocked and just do disheartened because we had so much hope".
One of the most famous quotes from his speech on campus was, "The first proclamation freed us from slavery".
50 years after his death, activists on the front line of the Civil Rights Movement in Macon still remember the moment they heard the news. Dr. King was a senior and someone McDaniel viewed as a leader.
"I'm very excited about the future", King said.
"'Even though there may be political and ideological differences between us, we are inextricably entwined.' And that's where we need to be. We are a great nation, and we can, and we must and we will do better".
She is a year younger than her father was when his own father was assassinated while on a hotel balcony in Memphis on April 4, 1968.
His wife, Andrea, said the civil rights leader would have been "so charged" by all of the movements that are underway, including the teen-led protests against gun violence and the "Me Too" movement.
Former Rome city manager John Bennett said a lot of people in the crowd on Wednesday were old enough to remember what was going on in the 50s and 60s. Because I thought, well it was very bad number one, but I felt selfishly the sense of panic that he's gone, and who's going to lead us now? "And my principal walked in and said, "Charles, come go with me".