Celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

Grand Junction, Colo. (KJCT) - A local church opened its doors to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr., with help from Black Citizens and Friends of Mesa County.

People of various faiths gathered to speak on Martin Luther King Jr. They were encouraging folks to, “be the change.”

Today's message was about being brave, stepping up, and working towards positive change just like Martin Luther King Jr. did. They told me that we often think of racial injustice occurring in primarily in the South, but it's something that happened right here in Western Colorado, too. I talked to one man who saw MLK speak many times… For him, tomorrow is a day to appreciate and reflect on a life cut short.

“To me and a lot of people that I went to school with, it was tragic. We were very concerned that it was going to be explosive. He was just such a beloved person, ” says Sante Dicresce who attends the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Grand Valley.

Black Citizens and Friends of Mesa County says events like this one are important to remember those who made such a profound impact on our country.

Tomorrow, the mayor will read the MLK day proclamation as well as the new Inclusivity proclamation.

They will also be honoring a local man who embodies the phrase “be the change” and talked a woman off of the Broadway Bridge.