OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - Powerhouse voices filled the Opelika Center of Performing Arts on Monday as over 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
"I think he would be really please to see what this community as a whole has done to advance his dream," explains Marion Sankey, founder of the Dream Day Foundation.
Jan. 20 marked the 15th year the Dream Day Foundation has presented the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Day Program in Lee County.
A red carpet was rolled out for the "Golden Dream Awards" which recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations for their contributions in advancing Dr. King's "dream".
The programs also honored Nelson Mandela, whose belief in non-violence and forgiveness paralleled that of King.
"It is so amazing that these young people, this generation of young people, are still interested in the dream and that means they have dreams and we are in the business how making sure that dream lives on," says Sankey.
Southern Union student Ryan Jordan is one "dream warrior" who was a part of making Monday's program a success.
"It teaches you a lot, teaches you to be humble and teaches you a lot about history," he says.
He says being involved with The Dream Day Foundation for the past three years has made him more grateful for the life he lives today.
"It makes me look at life differently," says Jordan. "You have to respect your elders and realize what we have now we didn't have back then."