Local residents came together to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Residents filled the pews of First Baptist Church to sing, pray and remember Dr. King. But this celebration was different.
Most talk about how great Dr. King was and look back at how far we have come.
But a local professor took it a step further ... he says we are not fulfilling his legacy at all.
"Was to actually see things in terms of education in terms of other types of rights for individuals come to fruition he was not able to see that legacy fulfilled and unfortunately we are still not in place were we are seeing many of those aspects come to fruition," Dr. Ken Oliver, a professor at Quincy University said.
He says that we have become complacent as a society.
He also says we need to stop talking, and do more acting.
He believes we should act like Dr. King, because he inserted himself in the public and was active. Dr. Oliver says that is when you see change.
"Speeches in themselves do little more than inspire for moments but actions last a lifetime and that really is the message that I hope people including the mayor take from today's discussion." Dr. Oliver said.
The local NAACP president said that made her think.
"As our speaker said, we need to act more and to get involved in social acts action so that was good food for thought and so we've got to do better as a community to be more involved and act more, Annice Mallory, President of NAACP in Quincy said.
They both agree we have come far but we still have a long way to go.