Organizers of the annual Martin Luther King Cincinnati celebration are making sure his legacy lives on.
The Music Hall program had a decidedly upbeat feel to it, beginning with the applause during President Obama's inauguration on a big screen, to the words of keynote speaker Judge Jeffrey Hopkins. He said this generation, with God's help, can continue the change begun by Martin Luther King Jr.
"We are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, lest we forgot that God promised to make us perfect in everything to do his will.
The Rev. Raven Crawford, a California transplant, liked the inclusion feel to the program. His gay partner sang in the choir.
"Just look up there on the stage. Look at all those colors. I mean it's truly a spectrum. This is an amazing coalition."
Denise Colbert sat down front with the help of a walker. She says the Martin Luther King Jr. remembrance was sensational.
"It was thoughtful. It was compassionate. It was truthful and it had a whole lot of meaning."
The day was also meaningful to Bill Brogden. He says Martin Luther King laid his life down for everybody and while he took one step, we have to take two to make it better.