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"Unity in community" a theme at annual Quincy MLK celebration

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It was a day of remembrance as Quincy residents and leaders joined together for the 27th annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Bethel AME Church.

The theme this year, "We Need Unity In Our Communities."

Attendees say the event was not only to remember a man that changed so many lives, but to educate the younger generation.

"It's for pushing forward for the young people of all races. That's what he was all about," Gertrude Mallory, a church service attendee, said.

Mallory says she has nine children and it's important to her for Dr. King's legacy and his teachings to live on through them.

Attendees say today means different things for them.

"It brings back a lot of memories of the history. I'm thankful for what Martin Luther King did," Pastor Rodney Williams, said.

"Finally there's things that have been done and things that have been great for us, and when I say us, I mean for us as black people," Gregory Taylor said.

Others say it's a day to educate the younger generation on who Martin Luther King was and to continue his legacy.

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