LAFAYETTE, Ind (WLFI) — On most observed holidays, offices and businesses are closed. However Monday, the Tippecanoe County Public Library made sure its doors were wide for its Martin Luther King Day celebration.
The dream King lives on. It's not just observed as a holiday, but also in the actions of Americans every day.
"The number of people showing up today, I think that shows what a strong community we are," said West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis. "And how we are united in making sure we fight against racism and how we fight against inequality."
"We don't often come together as we should and this is one of the major time of the year. That all peoples in the community do definitely come together thank God." Says retired School Counselor Alice Vaughn-Motley.
Will Thompson of YW Ventures says he hopes to provoke a change in their mind to go out and meet some new people.
In 1983 Congress made Dr. King's birthday a federal holiday, which was first celebrated on Jan. 20, 1986.