Updated: 01/19/2014 10:34 PM
Created: 01/19/2014 6:06 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
On a quiet Duluth street, a celebration hidden behind closed doors.
"We're about to take off," Pastor Michael Gonzales said. "Let everyone come in and fasten their seat belts because we're going to have a great time in the Lord."
Between the music and dancing at St. Mark AME Church Sunday, a serious message celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr.
"Why? Because he's helped all of us," Gonzales said. "He's helped all of us over the years."
A day before the holiday the church was packed wall to wall with many in the crowd looking to hear Dr. Betty Webb speak.
"Let's look back in order to go forward," Webb said. "We must recognize the giants on whose backs we stand."
While progress has been made, Gonzales said Martin Luther King's mission is not complete.
"We always have room to grow because there's still some places where people are hungry, where people don't have jobs, where families are falling apart," Gonzales said.
A high school student in the pews said the need for change is found in Duluth.
"We are the minority here," Najee Gow said. "More needs to happen."
When I asked Gow what he would change, this is what he said.
"Schools being more accepting of African Americans," Gow said.
The worship service wrapped up Sunday night. More events will take place Monday.
There's a MLK community breakfast at Holy Family Catholic Church. It starts at 7:00 a.m and is free.
There's also a march and rally in Duluth. That starts at 11:45 a.m. at the Washington Center and ends at the DECC.
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