Monday the nation will pause to remember Martin Luther King, Junior and all he represents. Sunday king's dream was celebrated at Rochester City Hall. Rochester's young people came together in dance and song. To celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"It just brings a good awareness of ya know, what he stood for. And ya know, how to look on to a brighter future and believe in our dreams," said Leilani Quniones, Rochester.
For three years now, Rochester's MLK Jr. Commission has taken a stance against bullying and violence and presenting children like the Johnson family with alternative paths to peace.
"He's a role model because he showed us how we should act and how we should not fight back in a violent way, but in a more patient way. And he helped us fight for our rights, basically," said Kyle Johnson, Rochester.
King's dream resonated with even the very young at city hall Sunday.
"He made white people and black people go in the same schools," said Khairi Johnson, Rochester.
"He's a good role model because he can show people that you don't have to pick on somebody just because of their skin," said K'mari Johnson, Rochester.
Dr. King's ideals spoken through song, music and dance.
"He helped blacks get freedom from slavery. And he helped whites and blacks be together and not fight over the color of their skin," said Jordyn Johnson, Rochester.
A lesson that goes beyond the walls of a classroom, into the community.
Martin Luther King Junior day is a national holiday. All schools are closed as well as federal, state and local government offices.
Some MLK events happening Monday in our community include:
The 33rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at the University of Rochester Medical Center's Whipple Auditorium at 11:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The Nazareth College annual celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. It takes place Monday at 11:30 a.m. at the Golisano Academic Center Linehan Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.