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Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2012: Reinforcing a legacy

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Ceremonies of remembrance prove reminders that the work Martin Luther King Jr. started has not been finished.

By Todd Martin

Celebrations in Shelby County this long weekend recapped how Martin Luther King Jr. led the country during a difficult time of progress. But those same celebrations served as a prompt to those in attendance that King's work is far from finished.

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"Ultimately his message was one of change in America," said DeVone Holt, who spoke at the first Whitney M. Young Job Corps Educational event and basketball tournament. "He wanted to change how white America looked at black America and how black America looked at white America.

"But now, his message would be different. It's not so much how you look at each other, but how we look at ourselves as individuals."

Holt's speech implored those in attendance to take care of themselves before taking care of each other.

At the annual celebration in Shelbyville, several pastors spoke at St. John United Methodist Church, but featured speaker Rev. Alvin Goodwin of Louisville wrapped the service.

"Black, white, Native American, poverty affects everybody, and it's still the number one plight in America," Goodwin said. "It's never ok for someone to go hungry. Keep the fire and the heat on those in charge. Let them know they are responsible for those they serve.

"Martin Luther King said [that] to be ready for an integrated society, we need to be the best we can be."