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MLK celebration brings hundreds to local church to celebrate

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - People will gather across the country on Monday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Junior and on Sunday hundreds came together at a local church to celebrate.

Hundreds gathered at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Kalamazoo to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior.

Bishop John White, African Methodist Episcopal Church Council of Bishops President, said, “We celebrate the life and the legacy of a transformative leader who brought hope and healing to America.”

Church and state leaders said it's important to remember Dr. King's message, as we try to overcome the differences that divide our nation.

Michigan Sen. Margaret O'Brien, R- 20th District, said, “As our nation is in a lot of turmoil, I think we can find comfort in Dr. King's words. Dr. King talked about loving our enemy and making sure that we reach out to our neighbors.”

Pastor Addis Moore, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, said, “We can't forget how important it is to strive for peace and prosperity and justice for all. We've come together today to say that look, we're going to work together and we're going to do something about the racial disparities in our city and our county.”

The Northside Ministerial Alliance hosted the event, which brought together people from across the community. All to remember Dr. King's dream.

Sonya Hollins said, “To us, Dr. King's dream means success. It means living your dream to the fullest.”

There will be several events celebrating MLK Day on Monday.

In Kalamazoo, the community will honor his legacy with a commemorative walk at 3:30 p.m.

Participants will gather at the flagpoles in front of Western Michigan University's Kanley Chapel, then walk to Kalamazoo College's Red Square.

From there, the group will proceed to MLK Park in downtown Kalamazoo to hear a short keynote address, brief remarks by college students, and a song led by community leaders.

During the Sunday’s event O’Brien said, “If we can get to know everyone, getting to know each other can tear down those walls of hate.”

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