Community Comes Together For Free Celebratory Soup Dinner

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- People of different backgrounds and cultures came together for a common meal.

"It's wonderful to be here and see the people who take the time to be at a service like this," said one of the organization's sponsors, Foster Chishomm.

The "Whose Dream Is It?" Coalition sponsored this free community-soup dinner. People shared conversations over a warm meal about how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. impacted their lives.

"I grew up in the South and I'm old enough to remember "White Only" signs and drinking fountains that were separated. This is a significantly different country," said President of the Board for Topeka Justice, Joseph Kutter.

After the meal, the crowd of about 200 people joined in song. Inspired by music, guest speaker, Lecia Brooks of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama, told the crowd King's dream has been passed to them.

"I hope to encourage and remind folks of his dream and legacy and keep the dream alive. It's a responsibility of my own and for us to keep it going," said Brooks.

Guests say they hope to follow in Dr. King's footsteps by having a passion to help others.

"Martin Luther King did a lot of things for other people and put his life in danger. He did a great service and that's what I'm going to take with me," said Chishomm.

The event was the 20th annual "Whose Dream Is It?" community celebration.