AIKEN COUNTY (WFXG) - Two schools came together for one cause, to remember and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. 

A theme is selected for each year. This year's theme is, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice." 

"We want everyone to come together and celebrate his life and his legacy as one community," says Stephanie Franklin, Chair of MLK Community Celebration Committee.

People filled USC Aiken's convocation center seats as they listened, sang, and watched others recognized for their hard work. 

Lessie Price served as the keynote speaker.  Price became the first female elected at-large to the Aiken City Council in 1987 and has continuously served on the council for 35 years, including two terms as Mayor Pro Tempore.

In addition to her elected position, Price is the Principal Consultant with Amentum Nuclear Energy and Environment. In this role, she works to create strategies to improve economic development, environmental justice, and innovative technology in marginalized and underserved areas.

Throughout her career, she has served on more than 70 boards and has received more than 100 awards for her contributions.

Some local students were also recognized for their artwork and essays about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Like the speakers, attendees such as Javacia Stukes believe there's more work to be done.

"It's always room for growth. yes, we can do better and yes, we came a long way," says Javacia Stukes.

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