A lthough Dr. Martin Luther King is gone, his life and legacy still live on. At one of the largest university events in the country recognizing Dr. King, more than 2,000 neighbors came to honor a man whose words still resound with them today.
Jemaine Trotter and Jawaan Kellam were two of the neighbors who were out Sunday at the Carrier Dome. "He said that he had a dream that we should not be judged by our color or the way we look or how we are. He believed we should live together in peace and be one," says Trotter. " "I think the main thing with Dr. King that set him apart from so many people was just his though process and how in that time he was just doing things different that everyone else," says Kellam.
Education was an integral part of the keynote speech given by the university of Maryland Baltimore County's President, Freeman Hrabowski. Dr. King had preached about education and today's leaders, like Congressman Dan Maffei, see the importance it serves to the community.
"The difference between 1963 and 2014 is that if one has been educated. Whether one is black, white, Asian, Native American, Hispanic, it does not matter. All types of opportunities are available," says Hrabowski. "When we look at some of our economic issues, the growing poverty. I think it's sort of the right message at the right time here in Syracuse," says Maffei.
Gerald Myers was among the thousands on the floor of the Carrier Dome. "His message has a global reach it's not just about African Americans, it's about everyone. It's about how we treat each other and the type of society we want to have," says Myers.
A message revisited and honored every year at this celebration in Doctor King's honor.