Some local residents started the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrations a day early on Sunday with their annual walk and ceremony in honor of his life and dream.
This was the 16th annual celebration, which started with a walk from the Randolph County Community Arts Center to the Old Brick Playhouse where the rest of the program was held.
People of all ages, races, and cultural backgrounds filed into the auditorium at the Old Brick Playhouse, in honor of the late Martin Luther King, Jr., and what he represented.
The celebration consisted of several dance and musical presentations, numerous guest speakers, and a dinner to conclude the evening.
The main guest speaker was a former professor, who also held a position in the governors office, and she spoke about what the day means to her.
"Tomorrow reminds us that this man changed our country, and that we still have so much more work to do to make our country one where people can realize who they really should be," said guest speaker, Sheila Coleman-Castells. "We're all one people, and we all need to work together so that West Virginia can be great, so that America can be great, economically and socially, and of course, racially."
Celebrations will continue throughout the area on Monday.