TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Honoring a vital figure in the civil rights movement will be taking center stage at several locations throughout Topeka.
Dr. King was instrumental in the civil rights movement towards fighting injustice peacfully in the 1960's.
Over 45 years after his untimely assassination, Topekans gathered in hopes to assure his dream of equality for all people lives on.
Area high school and middle school children gathered inside the Topeka Performing Arts Center to learn the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s message of love and equality and justice for all people.
Aside from honoring the 2014 Living The Dream essay, art and poetry winners, keynote speaker Cliff Rovelto, a coach and Director of Track and Field at Kansas State University, emphasized King's desire for a pro-active cause for change.
Rovelto said, "If we don't start today and make an effort to improve ourselves today or make a change today, it might never happen."
Dr. King's dream wasn't only limited to the kids. The 8th annual Executive Leadership Recognition Luncheon educated adults about those same values and ways to create equality in their own lives.
Co-Chair of the event, Glenda Duboixe said, "We can do that by these type of activities coming together and acknowledging one another and really lifting up good things that are going on in our community."
While America has made tremendous strides since the days of segregation, supporters of King's dream say we haven't reached the mountain top yet.
Duboixe said, "We are still on our journey for some of the things he talked about when he looked over the mountain top and saw what would happen. Maybe it's not happening as we'd like in some ways, but it gives us an opportunity to always change and to grow and continue to work towards fulfilling his dream."
There are many events taking place this weekend leading to Monday's Martin Luther King Day Of Service, including the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship and Awards Banquet held at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center Saturday night at 6:30 p.m.