Remembering King's Dream

By Michelle Costanza

January 22, 2013 Updated Jan 22, 2013 at 11:55 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It was a day to remember a true icon of peace, civil libert, and justice.

The celebrations carried into the evening in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., beginning at the foot of the statue that bares his name downtown in Peacemaker's Square.

A short procession led across the Court Street bridge, ending at the First Congregational Church on Front Street.

Marchers sang the words to "We Shall Overcome," as they joined a large crowd in the church for a night of commemoration and celebration.

"What's relevant is the struggles that he fought for, for freedom and for equality for all mankind," said participant Kenneth Naughto. "I don't care if you're black, white, purple, green... we came a long way. But we still have a long way to go. Had it not been for Martin Luther King, Jr, Rosa Parks, a lot of our forefathers, we wouldn't be where we are today."

Prayers were lifted up as people clapped, danced and sang during the evening service. Several speeches were made, all professing the importance of King's message.

Children marched around the church holding signs with different countries on them to represent our differences and our similarities.

The evening wrapped up with a heartfelt speech by Pastor Sam Pulliman of Elmira, who stressed the need for love and tolerance for humanity.