MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Several events honored the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.

Dozens of people began the morning in downtown St. Paul with a commemorative march.

Inside the Ordway Center, Gov. Mark Dayton along with other state leaders talked about King’s legacy in front of a full auditorium.

“He gave us inspiration and lessons we can apply to our own causes today,” Dayton said.

Surrounded by performers of all faiths and backgrounds, Dayton praised King’s work as a catalyst for real change, citing examples like his successful Montgomery bus boycott of 1955-1956.

“Dr. King was also strategic, his public protests had specific objectives,” Dayton said.

Much of the day focused on informing young people.

Parents at Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis watched their children play with others of different backgrounds during a day of singing and activities.

Janette Sole, of Eagan, brought her two young daughters to the celebration to teach them about the importance of the holiday.

“We need to teach them about equality at a young age,” Sole said.

Another parent, Mike Peterson of Minneapolis, said even his toddler could benefit from the spirit of the holiday.

“If we can share that with our boys and our community, it’s a win for us and for our community,” Peterson said.

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