Reflecting on MLK's legacy

By Perry Russom

January 20, 2014 Updated Jan 21, 2014 at 12:25 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy continued into Monday night in Binghamton.

Dozens of people marched with arms linked across the Court Street Bridge in memory of Dr. King.

"He gave his life for all of us to be together," said Dolores Fields, of Binghamton.

Ceremonies started with a prayer in front of the MLK statue by Court Street and continued into First Congregational Church on Main Street.

Kenneth Naughton has been an usher at the church for 20 years.

His grandmother marched with Dr. King.

"In those 40 years, we've accomplished some things, but we still got a lot more to do," said Naughton.

He said he wouldn't be where he is today if it wasn't for Dr. King.

"He wanted all of us to come together on one accord and fight for all mankind," said Naughton.

Clarissa Brown from Binghamton used the day to teach her daughter Makayla what life was like in American more than 40 years ago.

"She couldn't believe that they were hosing the children, marching for freedom and I just try to make her realize we are blessed to be as free as we are," said Brown.

Through singing and praying, Monday night's message was to remember, act and celebrate Dr. King's legacy for peace in our world.

"All day has been a day of reflecting and focusing on his life and his legacy of what he stood for," said Rev. Arthur Jones Jr. of the Broome County Martin Luther King Jr. Commission.

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