Martin Luther King speaks to an anti-Vietnam war rally at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul on April 27, 1967. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Updated at 12 p.m. Jan. 18, 2016

San Diegans honored the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Monday at several events around the region.

More than 1,000 people attended the 28th All Peoples Celebration in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. at the Balboa Park Activity Center.

“It’s important that we continue to work hard to ensure that everybody has an opportunity to celebrate their gifts and to participate meaningfully in our process, a Democratic process,” Rosalind Winstead, board secretary of Alliance San Diego, told NBC7/39.

The audience heard remarks from Emmy Award-winning journalist John Carlos Frey, whose work has been featured on “60 Minutes,” PBS, NBC News, CBS News, Univision and Telemundo, and Constance Carroll, chancellor of the San Diego Community College District.

Playwright Samuel Valdez received an award for community service.

Nearby, hundreds of volunteers from area churches, mosques and synagogues helped to spruce up Balboa Park by laying mulch, clearing weeds and picking up downed branches.

“To be unified, and to come together and there is no judgment — it’s just love — especially on a day like Martin Luther King Day where I feel like the whole point is to get along and to work together, and to have peace,” Stacy Circuit said.

Also today, the North County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People held its Martin Luther King Jr. Community Prayer Breakfast at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, and the United African American Ministerial Action Council held its annual community breakfast at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation.

—City News Service

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.