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MLK Day Has Deeper Meaning in 2015


DOVER, Del.- On the third Monday of January, the nation recognizes the birth of civil rights activist Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For some people, the holiday seems to mean something more this year.

Monday afternoon, many gathered at Delaware State University for their annual MLK Jr. National Holiday Program, where the university celebrates Dr. King's life. For some guests, like 14-year-old Dudley Magee, race is still an issue today.

"I've been a victim of racism in my school or around my area," said Magee. "It just hurts sometimes because there's nothing we can really do about it."

That is why he believes MLK's message resonates even deeper now.

"Martin Luther King Day to me means he was one of the people that helped us try and fight civil rights," explained Magee. "Because of everything that's going on right now like all the shootings and stuff happening to African Americans. Yeah it really means a lot."

Others use this day as a time to reflect.

"It's more to re-energize us to say this Martin Luther King went through something that he overcame. That part of it," said Anwar Dyer of Camden, Delaware. "We're not done yet. The work isn't finished yet."

Dyer believes this is the time for new leaders to step up.

"Due to all of the events that you hear in Ferguson, in New York, Los Angeles, in Ohio, it's more important as a reminder that the struggles that happened in 1960's, 50's and beyond and well before that, they're not over that there's a lot of work to do," explained Dyer.

The hope, they say, is to continue to try and remember Martin Luther King's dream today and every day.

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