SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ceremony was held at Springfield City Hall Friday morning.
It was a smaller than normal ceremony due to COVID-19 gathering limits but spirits were still high as attendees celebrated MLK’s life and legacy.
Before the flag raising, a ceremony to honor Dr. King featured spoken word and songs such as the African American National Anthem.
“He dedicated his life to fighting for a better future for a Black man. He relentlessly fought for the Black American man to be free and stand for equality,” said Desmond Ortiz, a senior at Springfield High School of Commerce.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno attended the event, saying, “In the surreal and challenging times we’re living in right now, we need this more than ever, the ideals and legacy of Doctor King.”
Various elected officials also spoke at the event including State representative Bud Williams.
“Here’s today, we’re celebrating one of the most iconic figures that ever existed,” said Rep. Bud Williams.
The city of Springfield and the greater Springfield NAACP joined together to celebrate the annual flag raising ceremony ahead of Martin Luther King junior day.
“While we remember Doctor King for what he did, for what he dreamed, His birthday provides the nation an opportunity to remember a generation of giants who started the peaceful modern day revolution for civil rights,” said Bishop Talbert Swan.
Bishop Talbert Swan was also sworn in as the president of the NAACP at the ceremony by State Representative Bud Williams.
Martin Luther King day is officially on Monday. If he had lived to 2021, Dr. King would’ve been 92-years-old.
You can watch the full event below: