Every year, hundreds of people fill Easton's Greater Shiloh Church for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration.
This year's celebration, however, crossed the ocean, honoring both King and another civil rights leader, the late Nelson Mandela.
The church's celebration Monday was highlighted by a lengthy dramatic tribute to the two men—and to Rosa Parks—as people who overcame "the black box" of adversity.
"We are the evidence that their black box dreams are a reality," the script of the tribute read, as performed by the church's Karar Dance and Drama Ministry.
The congregation also heard from the young members of Shiloh's Orators group, as well as from a number of public officials, including state Sen. Lisa Boscola, representing the Easton area again following a redistricting fight.
"His words will be an inspiration to people of all races, of all walks of life," she said, but reminded the audience to remember King as someone who worked for economic justice as well as racial equality.
Other public officials included Easton City Councilman Ken Brown, state Rep. Bob Freeman, Easton Area School Superintendent John Reinhart, and Baron Vanderberg, of the Easton Area School Board, who gave the keynote address.