Meridian, Miss. The community is remembering the past and looking to the future with an MLK Scholarship Gala.
Guests have been dining and enjoying live entertainment at the MSU Riley Center in Meridian. The center is decorated in black and white as a symbol of equality and the changes we've seen through the past 50 years. Every ticket bought for this evening benefits a scholarship fund for local students.
"This is one of our marquis events for the MLK Celebration committee because we love giving back in the hands of the lives of young people," committee member Bo Hawkins says. "That's one of the things that Dr. King was about, and we try to carry on that legacy through our scholarship fund. "
Hawkins says the committee has been able to raise thousands of dollars for this scholarship fund, and every penny will go to students here locally.