The Greater Lansing Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission had their annual luncheon Monday, sending an important message to attendees.
"The legacy lives on through action and we're asking the community to get out today and serve in the community just volunteering their time," said Terri Singleton, Vice-President of the commission.
Selling over 800 seats it was a full house. Men, women, children the picture of diversity Dr. King talked about.
"His dream was that we just all come together, hold each others hands," Singleton said, "I think he's looking down on us today and he's just really grateful."
And just around the corner at the Black Child and Family Institute a group of students celebrated by painting murals.
"Growing up my grandpa always talked about MLK day because he was actually there during everything," said 16-year-old Nessa Oswald, "I just thought it would be good to come out here and and lend my artistic skills and work with everyone."
This project is about more than painting, participants say it's about being active and recognizing the holiday as a day of service instead of another day off.
"Martin Luther King, he serviced, so I figured I should too," said 17-year-old Stasi Castilla.
This mural is part of the Lansing-area mural program.