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Martin Luther King Jr. honored in Schenectady

SCHENECTADY -- "This year, we are celebrating the dream because we all play a role in striving for justice for all."

This year like in years past, Schenectady is home to one of the oldest Martian Luthar King Day celebrations in the state. In it's 28th year dozens came out to remember the man with the dream. From Congressman Paul Tonko, to Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy.

"We try to set an example and honor Doctor King today and continue to remind people to set high standards and try to do the right thing," says McCarthy.

The Schenectady County Human Rights Commission that put on Sunday's event at the First United Methodist Church on State Street in Schenectady. They say human rights has evolved tremendously here in the Capital Region, however Schenectady's mayor is saying a different story.

"We still need to do more to improve the overall equality in this country," he says.

"Here in America, we've elected an African American president, and we've seen African American's in top positions, however we still got a long way to go, we've made progress but we still have to work hard to continue the inclusion of diversity and social justice and making sure that everyone is treated fairly, equally, and also with dignity and respect," says Angelicia Morris, Executive Director for the Schenectady County Human Rights Commission.

The organization was established in 1965 to foster mutual respect and enhance understanding among all racial, religious and ethnic groups in Schenectady County, and to assist individuals in securing their legal rights.