Singing and music filled the air at Kodak Hall’s Eastman Theater in Rochester Monday morning. Community members and local city leaders gathered together to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The keynote address was given by Reverend Doctor Stephen Cady, Senior Minister at Asbury First United Methodist Church. His central message urged people to keep fighting for social justice.
“Love means standing up for when we want to sit down. It means going, when we want to stay. and speaking up, when we rather be silent. But it also means life, not just for me but for you, for us,” said Cady.
Over at The Harley School, students spent the day participating in charitable volunteering activities. But one focus that was new at the school was showing a speech from Martin Luther King Jr. to a group of middle schoolers in Philadelphia back in 1967.
“It was cool that this was to people my age and it was easier to connect,” said Elizabeth Sophia Tucker, a seventh grader at the Harley School.
The speech is called ‘What’s your life’s blueprint’ encourage students to always achieve excellence in despite of the many obstacles that life may throw at them.
“How you are in control of your life and how you should have a plan and stick to what you want to do and be proud of you are,” said Tucker.