Karen Cowan cheers and sings along to “My God is Awesome,” which was led by Dr. Lamar Hylton during Monday's service at St. James AME Church in Asheville. The service was the start of the Annual Peace March and Rally held by the Martin Luther King Association of Asheville and Buncombe County. The association organized many events during the weekend in celebration of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy. Colby Rabon/Carolina Public Press

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Over the past several days, communities and residents across Western North Carolina celebrated the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with breakfasts, speeches, rallies, marches, prayer services and more.

Shown in the photo gallery below, Carolina Public Press photographer Colby Rabon’s photos captured some of the events in Asheville and Buncombe County organized by the Martin Luther King Association of Asheville and Buncombe County.

They included a rally, march and a candelight service, all of which attracted an estimated 700 residents.

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Colby Rabon

Colby Rabon is a contributing photographer to Carolina Public Press. Contact him at colbyrabon@gmail.com.

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  1. “Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’ Vanity asks the question, ‘Is it popular?’ But, conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’ And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because one’s conscience tells one that it is right.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

    MLK would have taken this next step, just as his wife Coretta and son Dexter did: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6ehL18rqlM?