It was a birthday celebration in Appomattox County on Saturday for Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr.
The event also honored African Americans who served in the civil war.
Dozens gathered at Appomattox County High School to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who spent his life fighting for social justice, equal opportunity and civil rights.
"It's important for us all to remember as a community that we're all in this together. We're all need to learn to live together as brothers and sisters," said Jessie Lewis, President of the Carver Price Alumni Association.
It was a chance for the community to get together to honor King's legacy and reflect on progress still needed.
"There are still people who have been discriminated against for various reasons and we need to continue to fight to eradicate discrimination," said Lewis.
The keynote speaker, Dr. Frank Smith, is the founding director of the African American Civil War Museum in Washington D.C.
This was his first trip to Appomattox.
"It's a chance to walk on hallowed ground where African American soldiers encountered Robert E. Lee here in this great moment in history and witnessed his surrender and of course changed the course of history here in the United States," said Smith
The event was just a couple of days before the official observance of Martin Luther King Day.
"As a result of his hard work, we can talk about it in America today where an African American is President of the United States. I think Dr. King would be very pleased," said Smith.