Mount Mercy University holds MLK service

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Today, people all across the country, including here in eastern Iowa, took time today to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Junior.

Professor Zachery Williams of the University of Akron speaks at a ceremony on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. (Jordee Kalk/KCRG-TV9)

In Cedar Rapids, Mount Mercy University held a ceremony that reflected on the importance of human civil rights.

Students, faculty and community members were all invited to the event.

The main speaker was from the University of Akron in Ohio.

Professor Zachery Williams spoke how Dr. King's legacy should still be applied to today's culture. He said people need to learn to get along with others that have different beliefs or values.

"It's not without struggle. It's not without difficulty. And embracing those things that we often might not want to deal with, but by doing that constructively, and using love and belief and a greater good, and a common good that's it's possible us to navigate together and be an example and model for the world," Williams said.

Mount Mercy students plan to honor Dr. King's legacy all week through special programs and community service projects.