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Binghamton Residents Honor Martin Luther King Jr.

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School was out, but Binghamton East Middle School was not empty.

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, the Broome-Tioga National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or NAACP, hosted its annual ceremony celebrating his legacy. This event was held in the middle school's auditorium.

Hundreds packed the venue to hear a message of youth empowerment. Some brought their grandchildren to help raise their awareness of how Dr. King's actions impacted history.

“He has helped bridge a lot of the gaps that people don’t normally realize, they still exist in some cases. And if you listen to the news and a lot of these different things going on, you can hear the country is still in need of somebody. And we have got to start with ourselves. So we use Martin Luther King as a role model, and each of us can be a leader,” said Binghamton resident Diane Ramnarine-Sing.

And Binghamton High School students recognize the power of his devotion to create a better future.

“He symbolizes a leader for me. And I know that I can do it too. I’m not saying I could be just like him, but I can be a leader to the younger ones below me, and other people that look up to me,” said Mornee Robinson-Curry, Binghamton High School student and president of the local youth NAACP.

Dr. King's message of empowerment was portrayed in Monday's ceremony through poems, speeches, choruses and dance.