A day before the official holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., some area organizations celebrated his life.
Willow Street Christian Church in Hannibal hosted a discussion of Dr. King's triumphs and tribulations, plus several other prominent African Americans, including Malcolm X and President-elect Barak Obama.
Speakers talked about how these people changed the country for the better, quoting some of their famous speeches along the way.
The theme of the service was "Can We Be Free? Yes, We Can."