WILKES-BARRE -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a leader who stood up for people's rights. Many people who had the day off from school or work spent the day honoring him.
He's the man who helped change a nation, a man who fought for civil and human rights, and a man who is still being honored decades later by people of all ages and races.
Whether with songs or speeches, students, faculty, and neighbors of King's College held a special ceremony to remember what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did for the United States.
"Without his influence, I wouldn't even be here right now or be allowed to study so this really means a lot to me," said Anastasia Humphrey, a King's College freshman.
"He did a lot not just for people of color, but he did a lot for people in general," said Cara Medwick, a King's sophomore.
But it's not only college campuses where people are remembering Dr. Martin Luther King. People also stopped by this church to discuss ways to carry on his legacy of community service.
Like Angeline Abraham, who volunteers as a mentor for teenage girls. She stopped by the First Presbyterian Church in Wilkes-Barre for its MLK Day event.
"He wasn't afraid to stand up for change, and it's because of his work that I'm able to do the work that I do now, so I definitely honor and acknowledge that," said Abraham, who lives in Wilkes-Barre.
Both events in Wilkes-Barre focused on giving back to the community and serving others, actions that Martin Luther King pushed for, and that those honoring him hope to carry on in the future.
"We do have to come together and serve those who are less fortunate to us because all of our futures are actually tied together," said Angel Mathis, of Wilkes-Barre.
Just like our pasts are tied to Dr. King.