Meridian, Miss. Meridian's Martin Luther King Day activities included a commemorative program held outside Meridian City Hall.
Guest speaker, state Rep. Charles Young, Jr., told the crowd Dr. King's message of education is a transformational one.
"It changes lives," said Young. "It releases all of the boundaries as we know them, and it opens the gateway for opportunities, they are limitless."
Young also made note that although Monday is a state holiday, Mississippi's legislature met in Jackson as usual for a Monday, at 4 p.m. Young said disagrees with that decision.
Meridian's Mayor Percy Bland took part in Monday's service, as well as county supervisors and city council members.
Our own John Johnson served as master of ceremonies, and noted that this year's crowd was larger than ever.
The final event of the MLK holiday in Meridian will happen Saturday when the annual MLK Scholarship Gala will be held at 8 p.m. the MSU Riley Center. Tickets are $35. The price includes a sit-down dinner. Attire is semi-formal.