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JEFFERSON CITY - People from all around the world come together to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day. Not only is it a federal reserved holiday, but a time for action and service.

Between four walls of Second Baptist Church in Jefferson City, people gathered to celebrate Dr. King with fellowship, spoken word, song and dance. Even though the actual holiday is Monday, the event was held on Sunday.

The theme of the remembrance celebration was titled "It is Time."

Event coordinator Reverend W.T. Edmonson said it is time to step up and make a difference.

"It is our time to actually act out on what we need to do to make things better throughout society, so it's time," he said.

Guest speaker Rabbi Doug Alpert said it is important to fight hate with love.

"To say it's time really for me creates a sense of not what has happened in the past, but a sense in the need to move forward," he said. "What are our obligations as a community moving forward in regard to racial injustice and how do we fight that injustice?"

Edmonson said, the theme was created in response to current events.

"We are now faced with all kinds of things that we never thought we would have to deal with again. And so it is time, it is time for the citizens of this country to stand up and say enough is enough," Edmonson said.

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