HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's work for equality inspired a nation of people to become better and to fight for what's right.
One city official reflects on what Dr. King meant to him.
Mayor of Hattiesburg, Johnny DuPree said, "He would be everything that I ever wanted to be. He was a great individual that didn't live long. But, a third of his life was trying to make life better for everybody else. If I could compare myself, it would be that. That my goal would try to make life better for those who I represent."
This country has come a long way, but there is still work to be done.
"We still have to battle with certain things that he had to battle during that time: the economy, education. We still talk about voting rights and civil rights. You know all these things are still before us. If we would all really truly love each other, then those things we battle every day would go away," said DuPree.