The civil rights movement has come a long way since Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream more than 40 years ago.
"When we were astray he led us to go forward in order to make a path to make this a better place," said civil rights speaker Gregory J. Reed.
A better place where everyone is treated equally. It's those teachings and values that brought hundreds to Michigan State University to honor his accomplishments.
"He really represented opportunity and i have a lot of respect for him because he changed the world we live in," said MSU junior Natalie Harrison. "Now I'm able to do things that people in that time wish they could have done."
Simple things like going to school and drinking out of a water fountain. Many say King was a pioneer and his teachings come to life in the debut of a new civil rights exhibit featuring pictures, buttons, news clippings, and even letters from the late leader.
"His work means so much and he lives in the spirit of people," Reed said. "An educational tool to heal, show the journey of African Americans as well as whites and the process of making this a better country."
Through lectures, pictures, and celebrations, King's legacy will never be forgotten. Love, acceptance, and understanding are values many will continue to preach.
"Those are the things we can bring to the table so we can instill those into younger generations to keep the legacy ongoing for years to come," said MSU graduate student Jason McGhee.