By Stacy Jacobsonsjacobson@abcnews4.com
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The world has changed a lot since the days of Martin Luther King, but not all for the better, according to Pastor Thomas Dixon.
"What Dr. King fought for has taken on a whole different picture, an entirely different complexion. Now instead of white-on-black crime, it's black-on-black crime that has to be dealt with," said Dixon, leader of The Coalition (People United to Take Back our Community).
Dixon spent 30 years of his life as a criminal, he said.
"From age 16 to age 36, I was involved in the drug scene, drug trade, drug use and alcoholism. So I was a part of the problem. Now I want to be a part of the solution," he said.
Dixon speaks out around the Lowcountry about stopping the violence. He said the biggest problem is apathy. If only Dr. King's message could reach people, like it had Lachondria Taylor and Shamekei Gray.
"He didn't pave the way for us to be killing each other like that. He didn't pave the way for somebody to shoot someone's mother in a doorway," Taylor said.
"When it all falls down, there's a family that's always crying or a family that has lost a loved one. The violence just needs to stop," Gray said.
They deliver a message of peace, during an already-violent year in the Lowcountry. At the rally, attendants lit a candle for those lost and those who still may fall victim to the violence.