Local services and events held to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted at: 01/21/2013 9:59 PM
Updated at: 01/21/2013 11:24 PM

There were several local services Monday to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

19th Ward Luminary Event

People who live in the 19th Ward came out for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Luminary Event. Organizers say they chose this day back in 2006 because one of Dr. King's goals was to connect others.

Those who live in the area had a chance to buy luminary kits, so they could line their front yards with luminaries. Proceeds from the sale of those kits went to the 19th Ward Community Association.

Eastman Theater community celebration

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater was packed for the 28th annual community Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

This year's theme, "The Beloved Community, Embracing the Strength to Love."

Four children were chosen to read their essays about continuing the work of Dr. King. The vice president of the University of Rochester, Paul Burgett, delivered the keynote speech.

Local delegate Ken Preston was at the ceremony.





Students spend the day volunteering

Students may have been off from school for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, but that doesn't mean they all completely took the day off. Students from Brighton High School, McQuaid and the University of Rochester spent the day building houses in the Josana Neighborhood with Flower City Habitat for Humanity. The goal was to reinforce Dr. King's legacy of taking action to create positive change in the community.



YMCA celebrates Martin Luther King Day

The YMCA of Greater Rochester kicked off its day long celebration in song at the Carlson Metro Center Y on East Main Street Monday morning. In addition to singing, children from across Rochester also took turns reciting King's famous, "I Have a Dream Speech."