NAACP Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics hosted a banquet for community leaders and young adults at Bethel A.M.E. church. Participants discussed the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., reflecting on his achievements.
"To support Martin Luther King and all his causes, to just be here and show that I am a part of setting a higher standard towards what's his goals and dreams," said Michael Edwards, first time attending the banquet.
Attendees sang songs, played music and read poetry honoring efforts toward racial equality.
"Dr. King laid a foundation of hope, of love, of passion, of inspiration for all us to continue on in this effort to make a better quality of life for all," said Ramon Alexander, guest speaker of the banquet.
It’s a foundation that inspired young adults to step up and carry on his beliefs.
"I never been a part of anything really big. I never stepped out to do something for the community, to do something just to represent myself in a good way," said Nicole Wiley, an emcee at the banquet.
The foundation also inspired community leaders to encourage the younger generations.
"We need to motivate our young people to go to college. We need to motivate our young people to be responsible citizens and stay out of trouble and realize the decisions they make in life will determine how they live their life," added Alexander.