Second graders recited Dr. King's famous speech for the hundreds gathered to remember king and his vision for this nation and earlier in the day, hundreds of people marched from City Hall to El Cerrito High School.
"His cause was one of love and encouragement and just a reminder that we're all in this world together,"
"I demonstrate Dr. King's dream by not having conflicts at school with my friends," said.
While youngsters recited their hopes for the future, some remembered when King himself talked about his dream.
"I hope some of his dream will come through. It's a long time coming, but I think we have hope," said.
"We need to think about peace and stop our hatred that we have for one another," said.
In Richmond, community members committed to a day of service as their way to honor Dr. King. The focus was making improvements along the Richmond Greenway.
"It brings people together, neighbors who sometimes don't talk to each other because of obstacles or fear," said.
"We're all of like minds. We just don't know it because we look at the differences so much," said.
Like Dr. King, these volunteers know that people, who've come together for a common purpose, are less likely to turn on one another in tough times.