MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Meridian Community College's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day program was a celebration of how far the community has come and hope for an even brighter future.
Several people who are making a difference in their communities, just as Dr. King did, were recognized through scholarships and gifts.
Educator and recipient of this year's Billy Beal award, Marjorie McIntosh Alexander, was awarded for her contribution to the local youth.
"I look at education as being the key out of poverty,” said Alexander. “This has been coming a long time and I didn't know it but I’m thankful to the committee for selecting me."
Several local middle school students were awarded for their essay submissions inspired by Dr. King.
Student Morgan Sloan told Newscenter 11 she enjoyed being honored in such a positive environment.
"It was really nice, it’s awesome just celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, he did so much.”
Sloan’s classmate Isiah Ott was also honored for his essay, Ott said it wasn’t hard to put into words how much Dr. King has inspired him.
“It was just going through my mind, all the different stuff that he did,” said Ott. “He helped us through it all.”
The celebration was filled with words of encouragement, songs and most of all unity, something that embodies what Dr. King wanted for all communities.