"The Dare to Dream festival is a great event to inspire everyone to follow their own dreams just as Martin Luther King Jr did", said Williams.
"If you don't like what is happening in Washington, live as Dr. King did".
The third Monday in January is now a day of service for many. Almost 50 years since King's passing, communities across the country continue to move toward his visions of love and peace by marching on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Down the street from Trump's Mar-a-Lago retreat in Palm Beach, Florida, on Monday, Haitian protesters and Trump supporters yelled at each other from opposing corners.
The move is a departure from those of his recent predecessors, all of whom did some form of community service on the day during their presidencies, and sometimes after. It's our obligation as a country - all races, religions, genders - to march on as ONE and continue to fight for our human rights and never let our voice fade away. White Americans, black Americans.
Former President Bill Clinton participated in volunteering activities.
The vision King had included "nonviolence, cooperation and communication", event organizer Tamara Cobb, chair person for the Martin Luther King Jr.
King is known and highly respected but while there is (at least one) street named in his honor, there is obviously, no national holiday.
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But he said he doubts there will ultimately be a shutdown. "I don't know how this movie ends but you're gonna be taken care of". A dispute over how much to allocate to defense and domestic programs also has been an obstacle to a broader fiscal agreement.
Doolittle said this is a sentiment we must remember today.
King was assassinated in 1968, but his message remains relevant for many.
Many have forgotten that Jews stood shoulder to shoulder with men and women who dreamt that one day their children would be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.
Following the march, a program was held to celebrate students who entered an essay and art contest on what they've learned of the civil rights movement.
"It's unreal", Lewis said during an interview on ABC's "This Week".
"His words should be shouted across the village", said Kathleen Jones, who as the first speaker read an excerpt about freedom of speech. "As a nation and as a people, we've come so far". "He wants to explode this idea that we are content, that we have made it, that our society is great ..."
"It's important that we learn to resolve or reconcile our conflict", Kimberly Warren, MidCity Excellence founder, said.