MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- In Manhattan, members of the community celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy Monday.
Reverend Jim Spencer was presented the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Community Service at the center stage of the Manhattan Town Center. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Committee was formed in 1983 and is celebrating the 30th Anniversary.
Spencer has led the committee in Manhattan for all but one of the 30 years.
"This is all about everybody working together. It takes a village to raise a child and we are raising a child and the child is civil rights under the auspices of Dr. King," Spencer told WIBW.
After attending the March on Washington in August of 1963, Rev. Spencer was certain that civil rights would be a part of his future.
Spencer is a local small business owner, associate minister at Pilgrim Baptist Church, KHCA-Radio host and announcer, and serves on several boards and committees.
"I look at the racial situation like it was in the 50s and 60s when we had to go to the back of the restaurant to get our food, when we had to ride in the back of the bus, when we were discriminated against real bad. Dr. King set the precedence when he did the bus boycott," Spencer said. "We still have some racism. We still have some problems going on but I see a development; an improvement. Everybody is working together. If we work together, we can make it happen. It’s not a black thing and it’s not a white thing- it’s a people thing, working together and if everybody works together, it’ll make a difference in this life."