Before tonight's march, the city of Binghamton kicked off the celebration by hosting a community wide event in City Hall.

The NAACP of Broome and Tioga Counties celebrated Dr. King by dancing, singing, and learning more about his life. One of the reasons officials put today's event together is to celebrate the diversity in Binghamton.

"It's important that we honor the contributions of Dr. King and also take stock in how far we've come as a country but also recognize the fact that we still have a long way to go," said Mayor David.

"It's important that we remember Dr. King in that he wanted this done in a non-violent manner and we should all come together and work for those situations other than creating more problems," said Binghamton Police Chief Joseph Zikusk.

The keynote speaker at today's event at City Hall was Dr. Marion Martinez, Superintendent of the Binghamton City School District.