Topeka Community Looking To Complete Dr. King's Dream

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Topeka Center for Peace and Justice along with Living the Dream Inc brought together well over 100 Topekans at Central Congregational Church Monday evening.

All to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s fight for justice and equality.

Topekans poured into the basement of Central Congregational for the Annual Community Soup Dinner and 21st Annual Community Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Executive Director of The Topeka Center For Peace and Justice, Josh McCullough said, "It's a very mixed culture and I think Dr. King would be thrilled to pieces to see everyone meeting like this to celebrate his birthday. I think that's what he was all about."

After a very hearty meal, attendees filled their souls through songs from the Topeka Mass Choir and through community guidance from guest speaker Dale Cushinberry, a former Highland Park High School Principal, who addressed to the crowd on the importance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy and how the community can complete Dr. King's dream.

Cushinberry said, "A lot of people paid dues so that you can have the opportunities that you have today. We need to keep putting it out in front of them. The older people in my generation, before we hand the baton off to the next generation, we have to give them the sufficient cause and the tools necessary to complete the dream."

Over the weekend, Living the Dream Inc. gave away 12 $1,000 college scholarships to area students.