There was singing, laughing and even clapping at Rapid City’s Holiday Inn. Hundreds gather to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who would have turned 83–years-old yesterday.
The event’s guest speaker, Judge Jeffrey Viken spoke about the need to look back and discuss racism in order for us to move forward and fulfill Dr. King’s dream. Community members say Dr. King’s dream inspires them to live out dreams of their own.
“Martin Luther King Jr. is one of my all time heroes,” said Mike Howe. “He was just very instrumental in our lives and we just love to celebrate this day.”
A national memorial in Washington, D.C. was dedicated to Dr. King last August. It’s the first memorial of its kind dedicated to an African American.