DOVER, Del. - Monday is a day of appreciation celebration and for many reflection.
On one hand we honor the fact that one of the nation's greatest civil rights leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on this day in Atlanta, Georgia.
On the other hand we reflect on just how far our nation has come since his time and how much work is still left to do to get to the type of world Dr. King envisioned.
A place where people don't see color and rather just see people.
Monday Delaware State University did both reflecting and celebrating as they held their 32nd Annual MLK program.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s message of nonviolence and unity still inspiring and resonating with Americans 50 years after his passing.
"Martin Luther King Jr. was a humanitarian, he was a civil rights activist and leader and he had love in his heart not just for people in the U.S. for people around the world and I think it's important that we know that part of MLK's legacy," says Dr. Phyllis Slade Martin.
Delaware State University ensuring on Dr. King's day that his legacy is never forgotten. A day dedicated to remembering and honoring the sacrifices Dr. King made to bring together a divided nation.
"We need to exercise the privileges that we gained from the struggle and the hard work that he and other foot soldiers, ordinary people did," says Dr. Slade Martin.
But its not just the older generation that will reflect on Monday, DSU students are also connecting with Dr. King's words.
"History repeats itself and so now we're going through this period of hatred I really feel like, and I feel as though we all need to go back to that time and reflect on the dream and the message that Dr. King was preaching about," says Jayda Grant, a senior at DSU.
Some say learning from the past and continuing Dr. King's legacy is a must now more than ever to prompt change.
"If we just sit here and do simple things like protest, do simple things like to help spread his words to help live his message in our everyday lives then we can make a difference," explains Grant.
Doing simple things everyday to fulfill Dr. King's message.
"That legacy that he left that's something that still needs to be implemented throughout history and throughout today and this generation."
"A few kind words can make a huge difference," says Dr. Slade Martin.
And for many Martin Luther King Day is a day off from work, but many say this holiday isn't really a day off, it's a day on.
That's because people all over the country and here on delmarva are performing acts of civic work and community service.
Even Bernice King, Dr. King's daughter asked people to do 50 acts of service and or kindness between now and April 4th.
"I think there's so many ways to help I think certainly going out and doing service but also looking right around where you are and taking children, your children, taking children in the neighborhood to the library reading to children. Sometimes its those ordinary actions that have extraordinary results," says Dr. Slade Martin.
Employees at Delaware's DHSS also chipped in by volunteering at homeless shelters and local soup kitchens.
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