President Barack Obama began his second term Monday, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. And while hundreds of thousands celebrated in the nation's capitol, people across the country paused to honor the late civil rights leader.
In our region, the ECHO Center in Burlington held a communitywide celebration of the life of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. With exhibits and discussions, the daylong event allowed adults and children to learn more about King.
"It's a beautiful day to see Martin Luther King's dream, and our hope for a better world. And I hope this can carry on, not in just this exhibit, but in the rest of our community and the rest of the world. That's my hope," said Joyce Babbitt of Burlington.
"With MLK Jr. Day and the inauguration happening on this great day, it was kind of just the perfect storm to get people down here, and are having really powerful conversations on a day that really honors the legacy of Dr. King," said Nina Ridhibhinyo of ECHO.
The ECHO Center integrated the temporary exhibit "Race: Are We So Different?" with Monday's celebration. It will remain on display until Sunday.
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