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Hundreds gathered in Durham for the 34th annual Triangle Interfaith Prayer Breakfast honoring Dr. King. Hundreds gathered in Durham for the 34th annual Triangle Interfaith Prayer Breakfast honoring Dr. King.
DURHAM, N.C. -

Hundreds gathered in Durham at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel Monday to reflect on Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy.

It was standing room only at the 34th annual Triangle Interfaith Prayer Breakfast honoring Dr. King.

Through music and prayer, the man with a vision who dreamed of equality was remembered 50 years later.

While King's message still resonates today, keynote speaker Rev. Otis Moss says most people have forgotten King's later speeches about poverty.

"We've been misinformed about this day, and we have de-radicalized the legacy of this man and all the other ancestors who stood with him," Moss said.

A message of peace of being kind to your neighbors dominated the program Monday.

"Regardless of what affiliation we are, we are still one people. And it gets me emotional when I get to that point, and we don't think about that a lot," said Diane Roberts, who attended the breakfast.

Jacquie Jeffers, with the North Carolina MLK Commission said, "He gives me hope. He makes me think about other people and to be more open minded to accept others."

Clarence Thorton has seen and experienced the change firsthand, and he said he is "grateful" for the progress.

"There's some chapters that are tough,"Thorton said. "But once you got through that book, you said, 'I got through that one!' But I'm grateful."

One of the messages from the breakfast was that it's not just where we've been, but where we're going that's so important.

Bianca Spinosa

Bianca Spinosa joined the WNCN news team in July 2013 after reporting for LEX18 in the Bluegrass State. More>>

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