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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Ceremony at City Hall

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Broome-Tioga NAACP hosted its annual celebration at Binghamton City Hall this afternoon. Dignitaries spoke, poems were read and there was a dance performance by the Union-Endicott Step Team.

Talia Moore operates D.T. Productions, which is a multi-cultural theater company in Greater Binghamton. She was the keynote speaker. The title of her address was the Foundations of Our Future. Moore says it's important for all people in the community to carry on Doctor King's passion and pursuit of civil rights and justice.

"We all have a responsibility. There are no small parts in the roles that we play in continuing of the building of our future. We have our community to think about, our kids and the things that we have achieved with Barack Obama being the first African American President, that it doesn't stop there," said Moore.

Moore encourages people to mentor children who need it and to work to revitilize communities as ways to carry on Doctor King's legacy. Edwin Steplight is the President of the Broome-Tioga NAACP. He says there is still work to be done on the civil rights front.

"Not everybody is walking hand in hand and not everyone is willing to come together, but we have a lot of people who are now sitting down together, eating together and living together. It's making some progress in this time. There is progress, because of what he started," said Steplight.

A march took place from the MLK statue at Peace Makers Square, near Boscov's, to First Congregational Church at the corner of Main and Front in Binghamton.
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