Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was celebrated today at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield.

Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services and several other community partners came together to organize this spirited celebration.

The celebration brought together people from all parts of Massachusetts.

“To those who would bring down people, insult people or demean people just because they are different, I have a very simple message. This country is great because or our diversity not in spite of it,” said Gov. Charlie Baker.

Lifting the spirit of healing and unity was the theme of this year’s celebration. People told 22News about the accomplishments we’ve made, and the work that still needs to be done.

“Dr. King’s dream of social justice and equality and civil rights, a lot of gains have been made and we are celebrating that, but we know that as a country we still have much to be able to achieve,” explained Ronn Johnson, the President & CEO of Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services.

“Not looking at skin types and notice that when you do close your eyes, nobody has a skin color and everybody should be just treated as equal,” said Tiana Matos of Springfield.

It’s a message that’s been passed down through the generations, and it’s inspiring young people to make a difference.

“Yes, I am proud about what he did because that helped people come together,” said Mahogony Matos.

Musical performances anchored the events. Dozens of dignitaries stood shoulder to shoulder with everyday citizens to remember the dream and continue Dr. King’s mission.

22News reporter Tashanea Whitlow served as one the emcees. If he were still alive, Dr. King would be celebrating his 89th birthday.

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