Albany celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

View of the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial in Washington, D.C. Locally, residents celebrated the life of the great Civil Rights leader with several different events around town. / Doug Reardon

Monday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Albany celebrated in a variety of different ways.

Now in its 34th year, the Mt. Zion Baptist Church hosted the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Program Breakfast. The celebration focused on the positive messages Dr. King spread throughout his time as a Civil Rights leader and featured singing, food and several speakers.

This year marked a particularly special one for the event, as it represented the 25th year Mt. Zion has hosted as well as 25 years of Proctor and Gamble sponsoring the event. The event was also sponsored by the HEART Organization.

Over at the Civic Center, youngsters were able to participate in the third annual Dream Summit. The summit featured a number of speakers and workshops designed to instill Dr. King's lessons of leadership into the Albany youth.

"I know it sounds clichÃ, but the children really are our future," said Sherrell Alexander, one of the event organizers.

"So if we invest our time and we invest in educating them and providing them with knowledge that we would have wanted to learn as children, that helps them to become successful and productive adults."