LANSING (WILX)-- Monday wasn't just a day to remember Dr. King or what he did. It was chance to actually do something for your community.
Nearly a hundred students from Cooley Law School participated in this year's MLK day of service.
"I'm going to put forward myself and say hey I'm out here volunteering giving back. Follow my lead and let everyone know you care," said Justin Hayes, a Cooley Law School student.
Continuing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s work, they volunteered all around Lansing.
Some students gave food to the homeless, while others helped take down christmas decorations at the Potter Park Zoo.
"Giving back helps me connect with the history here. It's an honor and a privilege to give back in a small way," said Lucia Williams, a Cooley Law School Student.
While they were giving back to the community, others helped it come together through the 29th annual MLK Luncheon.
"Lansing doesn't just tolerate diversity it celebrates diversity. I'm proud of this community. I'm proud of this dinner, and what it stands for," said Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero.
More than 1300 people showed up for the luncheon, including Governor Snyder.
"I really respect Dr. King's life and his legacy. Lets recognize that legacy to say more work needs to be done. Let's stay committed and devoted just as we are to the reinvention of Michigan," said Gov. Snyder.
This year's theme of ending silence expanded beyond the need for equal opportunity.
One of the essay winners talked about finding courage in Dr. King's words to end the silence about problems he deals with at school.
"I was thinking about how in school people are bullied and usually get quiet because of peer pressure," said Almir Celovic, essay winner from MacDonald Middle School.
He hopes his essay can make a difference no matter how small.
If you're looking for ways to get involved in your community, check out Michigan's "Let's Do Something" program.
More than 5,000 people have signed up since it was launched last June.
Just click on the hot button to register.