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Published January 21, 2013, 05:08 PM

The community celebrates Martin Luther King Day

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- On the same day the country is celebrating the inauguration of its first black president people nationwide are honoring civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- On the same day the country is celebrating the inauguration of its first black president people nationwide are honoring civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. King, is known for his message of peace, equality and asking pressing questions like "What are you doing for others?"

Moorhead's Habitat for Humanity's ReStore is extra busy. Filled with volunteers hoping to lend a hand during the national day of service, while remembering a man who made a such difference.

Karin Larson/JP School District volunteer: "Well we have so many great leaders of our country and Martin Luther King is one of them and we can only be inspired by them to do such great things too."

Karin Larson makes up a group from JP Catholic Schools. Cleaning glass and sweeping floors highlighting the importance of community service.

Larson: We must show our faith through our acts and therefore it's great to do that as kind of a team building experience and also giving back to our community.

Katie McCormick/Habitat for Humanity: "We're hoping that people are going to be inspired to not only spend today serving a non profit throughout our community, but kind of spend 2013 giving back."

Just down the road, students and faculty at Concordia are spending the day learning about King's legacy.

Shakti Butler/Concordia Key Note speaker: "It is what gives life meaning. To be able to rise to the highest of what it is to be a human being and to constantly work on developing yourself, is constantly something we have to pay attention to."

And in Fargo, people gathered at the Plains Art Museum for Making Hearts Day, a Martin Luther King Jr Celebration, to kick of their giving hearts day fundraiser.

Through music, speech and conversation. King's call for civil rights is still sounding.

David Hamilton/Gen. Director of F/M Opera: "I hope that they stop to think about what Martin Luther King Jr. really meant to this country and the struggles for civil rights that we are still experiencing today.

Butler: It symbolizes the best that we can hope for for human kind."

The Giving Hearts Day fundraiser benefits the Plains Art Museum, Fargo Moorhead Opera, and Theatre B… you can donate online, at impact give back dot org, this Valentine's Day.

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