More than 500 people attend 21st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. banquet

ABILENE, Texas -

It's been 45 years since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Although decades have gone by, his legacy was celebrated in Abilene.

More than 500 people attended the 21st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. banquet at the Abilene Civic Center.

This year's theme for the banquet was "Our Past, Our Future," which echoes a similar sentiment expressed in King's famous "I Have a Dream Speech." 

Floyd Miller, banquet chairperson explains: "What we envision is that individuals would come here tonight with different pasts, with different experiences, but we hope as we leave tonight, we will be on the same page; we will have more of a future together." 

Every year, the Abilene Black Chamber of Commerce hosts the event.

The incoming president says it's important to remember Dr. King's struggle.

"We want to remember where we came from and how far we have to go," said Hester Woods-Nixon.

One of the organization's goals is to reach out to children and share Dr. King's life.

"It's important that our future generations know of the struggle, whose shoulders they stand on," Woods-Nixon said.

The keynote speaker for the event was Dr. James Race, a physician from Dallas.

The dinner is the largest multicultural event for the city.

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