Events to honor MLK Jr. at MSU, Lansing on Monday

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Monday was the federal holiday honoring civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is present at the Civil Rights March in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963.

King delivered his last sermon, "I've been to the mountaintop," to an overflowing crowd on April 3, 1968, at a church in Memphis, Tennessee.

He was in Memphis supporting the city's striking sanitation workers.

The following day, he was assassinated.

King's life and achievements were celebrated at different events across the country.

The Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington, D.C., honors his legacy and the struggle for freedom, equality and justice.

King led many historic marches and, on Monday, students at Michigan State University marched across campus in honor of his legacy.

The commemorative march, called "March for Justice," started at 3:15 p.m. at the Kellogg Center.

They marched to Beaumont Tower for an inspirational speech. The march was led by members of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

From 5-7 p.m., the MSU Community Dinner will be held at the Hubbard Dining Hall.

"Food is powerful. It brings us together, shapes our memories and empowers our communities."

People from the greater Lansing area also honored King Monday with an annual luncheon at the Lansing Center.

The theme this year was "be the change you wish to see in the world."

L. Douglas Wilder, the first African American elected governor in the United States gave the keynote address.

He led Virginia for four years in the 1990s and later ran for president.

This luncheon has been celebrating MLK's life and legacy for 34 years.