For many people, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was simply a day off. It was a time to relax and maybe go to the beach or do some household chores.
But for other people it was a chance to learn about the Civil Rights movement. It was a chance to discuss ways of eliminating bigotry and prejudice in today's society.
"I want Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to be a day on, not a day off," said Michael Singer. He chaired Martin Luther King Monday in Coral Springs. The event included about 200 high school and middle school students. They attended seminars on reducing prejudice and bigotry. The students were asked to examine their own prejudices.
"I think it is important for young people to learn more about multiculturalism and people who are very different from themselves," said Singer. "When they go to work, they will be working next to people who are different from themselves. They will work with people who have very different perspectives on the world then they do," said Singer.
Many community groups held service events in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"I think we should take this day to help others. I think that is what King would have wanted us to do," said Benjamin Hermann, a Miami resident.