Ashland honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Today, several hundred people attended the 31st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. City Celebration.

Posted: Jan 21, 2019 6:45 PM
Updated: Jan 22, 2019 2:36 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. -- Today, several hundred people attended the 31st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. City Celebration. 

People were lined up outside the Historic Ashland Armory hours before the show. By the time the doors opened, the line was wrapped around the building. 

It started with a number of live performances. 

Among the performances was slam poetry, choirs, acting, and live bands. 

Throughout the show, highlights of Dr. King were played. 

Keynote speaker Kamilah Long was excited by the opportunity, saying she remembers going to these kinds of events when she was just a girl. She also had a message for those who could not make, that still had interest in hearing some of the content of her speech. 

"Empower yourself to do something different. It's not always what you can do, it is what you can stop doing that supports injustices.
So, I would leave that question for people. What is it that you can stop doing?" said Long. 

The Ashland citizens were not ready to be done when the show was over. 

They marched to The Plaza, where there was a recording of the famous "I have a dream!" speech being played. 

Hundreds of people sat in silence, listening to the voice of the late Dr. King. After every exciting moment of the speech, they would erupt in applause. 

Once the speech was over, people stuck around to sing and dance. If they were not singing and dancing, they were just visiting with a neighbor or friend. 

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