Artistic expressions of gratitude for MLK

By Erika Mahoney

Artistic expressions of gratitude for MLK

January 20, 2014 Updated Jan 20, 2014 at 8:15 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Nearly 51 years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech to tens of thousands of people during the March on Washington.

His words were just one of many steps the leader took to spark change.

One of the messages in his speech is "inclusion." Organizers of the annual celebration at Binghamton City Hall focused on this theme.

"No one, no matter what your religious beliefs, shouldn't feel ostracized," event chairwoman Patricia McHerrin said. "As a community, as a whole, everyone should have a voice because you can vote, so you should be able to have a voice and be a part of the festivities that are going on in your community."

The audience was made up of a variety of different backgrounds.

Several local groups performed, turning the art gallery at city hall into a stage.

Members of Trinity A.M.E. Zion Church sang, children with the Islamic Awareness Center read a poem, and the Union-Endicott Step Team danced.

The keynote speaker was Talia Moore with the Regional Sustainability Coalition.

Binghamton Mayor Rich David and Broome County Executive Debbie Preston also spoke.

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