Meridian Community College hosted a salute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Thursday. The college will be closed Monday, the official observance of MLK Day.
The annual program highlights the contributions of the late civil rights leader and his support for community service.
Meridian Housing Authority executive director, Ron Turner, was the featured speaker.
"We need to start utilizing the human capital that we have available to get things accomplished right here in the city of Meridian," Turner said. "And I think that Dr. King emphasized a lot, that we've all got a part to play and a role to play in accomplishing and achieving some of the goals."
MCC also recognizes the winners of essay and art contests, held in conjunction with Dr. Martin Luther King Day.
Heather Tolon of West Lauderdale Middle School and Asryria Grayson of Carver Middle School won the essay contest.
Courtney Smith, Anastasia Nicholas, and TaDarius Wilhams, all of Carver, placed first, second and third, respectively, in the art contest.