Charlotte area events honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Many events were scheduled around the Charlotte area Monday to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hundreds gathered at the Charlotte Convention Center Monday morning to celebrate the life of Dr. King.

"It means freedom. Expression of individual thoughts and deeds and building on your own dreams and things you want to see done," said Theresa Clark Elder.

Almost five decades after his death Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. continues to inspire a dream.

"He got things started for us and we still have to finish his work," said Valerie Glenn, the President of the Charlotte Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, Inc.

Gov. Pat McCrory was among 1,300 people who filled the convention center's crown ballroom for the 20th annual MLK Prayer Breakfast to remember the civil rights leader.

"We have a lot of history here in civil rights, but we can't take it for granted. We've got to keep moving forward in the future," said McCrory.

Proceeds from the $45 a person breakfast benefit the McCrorey Family YMCA, but Charlotte's mayor said people didn't have to come to the breakfast to make a difference.

"I would just encourage them to continue to be about the dream. Become their master -- in other words, make it a reality," said Mayor Patrick Cannon.

Sen. Kay Hagan was also in Charlotte Monday at The Plaza Place Shelter, working alongside CPCC students to feed homeless families working to get back on their feet.