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Hundreds celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Hundreds of people filled pews inside Good Shepherd Baptist Church Monday morning to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s determination and motivation to create racial equality.

Larry Davis brought his two sons. He says it's important they understand what Dr. King stood for. It was actually his son's idea to attend the service. He's in the fourth grade and already knows some history.

"I remember he marched for freedom and he said he had a dream," said Davis.

"We wouldn't be here and we wouldn't have gotten the opportunities we had if he didn't do what he did, so I wanted them to know what that's about," said his dad, Larry Davis.

It's one reason to educate young people. Mayor Dwight Jones emphasized never forgetting the man who paved the way for them.

The ceremony also spot lighted Henry Brown - a man born into slavery in Louisa County. With the help of a Richmond store keeper, he was able to be shipped to a free state through a tough journey in a box - coining the name Henry Box Brown.

William T. Holmes has a special connection to this historical trailblazer.

"It's very inspirational because I was born in Louisa County," noted Holmes. "You need to know where you came from in order to pave your way for the future."

The government eventually passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that gave equality to all races and religions. Many say King played a leading role in that.

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