The First Baptist Church in Harrisonburg held a special program to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday.
The first ever celebration by the NAACP of Rockingham County and Harrisonburg was held for all members of the community. Harrisonburg fire and police members as well as city officials joined to hear the message.
In another part of town, Eastern Mennonite University welcomed back a graduate, who is now a pastor, to speak about King.
A crowd of 50 EMU students were present to Pastor Leonard Dow speech.
Dow spoke for an hour about the life and legacy of King and asked students how the world views them now. He also challenged students to accept people's differences.
"In that what King represents we have crystallized or made King such a poster or a stamp that we have kind have dampened some of the fact that his message is quite radical," says Dow.
Dow will be in Harrisonburg until Wednesday when he will meet with classes and the mens basketball team.