WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - All across the country the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be remembered. That was true early Saturday morning as state and city leaders as well as members of the community came to the 27th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship & Prayer Breakfast in Wichita Falls.
"I think he would want us to be good citizens, to love one another, and pray together," Dorothy Roberts Burns, Coordinator of the prayer breakfast said.
Praying is what took place Saturday morning at the MPEC. Congressman Mac Thornberry was the keynote speaker for the event. He shared why being given the opportunity to speak at an event honoring Dr. King was so special.
"Because he called us up to be a better nation, where people are judged by the content of their character rather than anything else," Thornberry said.
Seventeen students received scholarships ranging from $250 to more than $6,000. While the morning focused on scholarship and prayer, you couldn't help but notice someone was missing. Many people took to the podium and mentioned former Martin Luther King Center Director, Larry Nash. Nash passed away in February of complications due to pneumonia.
"He was so sweet and so wonderful about wanting to have me come and sing every year," Mineasa Nesbit, Choir Director at Hirschi High School said about Nash.
Nesbit lead songs and prayers throughout the breakfast that was met with a standing ovation. She said she was not only there to represent the legacy of Dr. King, but also the legacy of Larry Nash.
"It's important that we remember those who put together events like this each year, who are working in the community to make sure that the message of equality stays alive throughout this generation," Nesbit said.
For a man who helped with organizations like Early Head Start, the Boys and Girls Club and United Way; his family is grateful that he has been honored as a community leader who lead by Dr. King's message of service to others.
"It's wonderful. We have received so much community support and so much love, and Larry did a lot and he did serve in our community and it's just nice that people remember him," Christy Nash, Wife of the late Larry Nash said.