Celebrating The Legacy Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 16, 2012 Updated Jan 16, 2012 at 12:21 AM EDT

By WKBW News

January 16, 2012 Updated Jan 16, 2012 at 12:21 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) A tribute was held Saturday by columnist Eva Doyle at the Frank E. Merriweather Library in Buffalo to honor the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The event is one of several held in Buffalo this weekend.

On Saturday, the crowd watched performances by Praise Dancers and students at Muhammad's School of Music. The program featured speakers and storytellers.

Speaker Sherry Sherill noted, "He is possibly more relevant today than he was in the 60's because we have seen the manifestation of many things that he fought for during his lifetime. However, we still have further to go to fully realize the dream that he had."

Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and Congressional Gold Medal in 2004; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986.

His birthday is Sunday, when he would have turned 83 years old.

The website for the National Federation For Just Communities posts information about a big event planned for Sunday:

On Sunday, January 15th, 2012 the NFJC will collaborate with the "Concerned Citizens Following the Dream Committee for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle in Buffalo, NY. Please join us for this memorable event that will honor several local individuals.

The Buffalo Challenger newspaper and website ( www.challengercn.com ) has more information on the Sunday event:

The” Concerned Citizens Following The Dream” committee presents the Martin Luther King Celebration Program, on Sunday January 15, 2012 at Kleinhans Music Hall, Symphony Circle, 5:45 pm. Kleinhans will come alive as we honor Dr. King’s life and legacy with the spoken Word by Bishop T. Anthony Bronner, pastor of Elim Christian Fellowship, along with musical tributes by the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, the Hutch-Tech High School Band, the New Beginning Choral Ensemble, the African Cultural Center Dancers, Jennifer Suarez, and many more.

The theme is: “Fulfilling The Dream” so we are honoring some trailblazers and pioneers in our area who have made great sacrificial contributions to our community. Our way of saying, Thanks, and we salute you! Dr. King was about helping, building up and encouraging others. He gave his life trying to help people! The recipients of the “ 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Award” are, Terry Kazmierczak, Rev. William A. Gillison, James Pitts, Ralph R. Hernandez, George K. Arthur, Bishop William H. Henderson, and Lorna Hill.

We’re encouraging young people to be in attendance at this event to learn and experience the Celebration of the life and legacy of this great man who gave his life serving mankind, so that we, and generations to come will have better opportunities than what he had.

The program is free to the public and is sponsored in part by: Wegmans Food, M&T Bank, SEIU Education Project, UNYTS, Amigone Funeral Home, Buffalo Teacher’s Federation, Lombardo Funeral Home, Attorney John V. Elmore & Brown Chiari, ECMC Hospital, The Buffalo Challenger Newspaper, The Buffalo Criterion Newspaper, Black WNY Newspaper, and WBLK Radio.

Bessie Patterson is the Chairperson/Coordinator.

For more information from The Challenger, connect to their website at the news links section of wkbw.com

WKBW Channel 7's Eyewitness News will be at the event to offer full coverage.