Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy in Wichita

A makeup man puts a little powder on Martin Luther King's brow before a television program in Washington, Aug. 13, 1957. The president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference discussed the current racial situation on NBC's "Meet the Press" program. (AP Photo/Henry Burroughs)

WICHITA, Kansas – It was much more than just a day off of work or school for many who say Dr. Martin Luther King’s life and legacy should be a part of our daily lives.

In his most famous speech, Dr. King made the phrase “I have a dream” famous.

Monday in Washington D.C. President Obama spent some time living Dr. King’s message of service.

Meanwhile here in Wichita at WSU’s Metroplex, hundreds came out to honor Dr. King. The goal of the event was to make sure young people understand the importance of the civil rights movement and what it means for all of us.

“It’s easy to look at where we are today and not realize where we come from and the things we had to go through. The things that Dr. Martin Luther King and those pioneers that came before during and really even after his time, don’t forget those things of the past,” said Pastor Herman Hicks.

Elsewhere in Wichita, teenage United Way volunteers are offering their service in honor of Dr. King. They are sorting donations for community organizations as a way to give back. In turn, the teens are hoping to inspire others to do the same.

“It’s so important to get out in the community and help those in need, even if it’s just two hours it makes a difference,” said volunteer Callie Hobkirk.

In the end, that’s what Dr. King’s message was all about; making a positive difference and helping those who need it the most

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