Today many honor a man who fought for civil rights for people of every race, but recent events in North Dakota have challenged those ideas.
Two months ago people rallied against white supremacists who tried to take over Leith, North Dakota.
University of Mary Professor Dr. Chad Litton says Dr. King would have been proud of the way the community handled the civil rights issue.
"King would have said that's precisely what should happen, that's exactly what we would want to happen that white people and native people and other people who lived around that and were impacted by that came together and just said this isn't something that we can tolerate," Litton said.
Litton believes it was King's works that inspired the community to protest against those with racial prejudice.
"There were people who came together and said we are not going to allow this kind of thing to happen here. We are going to stand up and say this isn't the kind of place that we are, this isn't the kind of people we are. I think what you see is the idea of King coming to the forefront of day to day activities, of small town rural North Dakota," Litton said.
Head of Educational Programming at U-Mary,Trevor Davis, held an event in honor of MLK Day this morning.
Many students came to discuss racial issues, specifically the separation of races on their campus.
"We say we're a leadership university and hopefully we can really be true leaders and lead a movement as far as students coming together- no matter race, gender, creed, whatever it may be. It's one thing to say it, but another thing to do it," Davis said.
Now they can all work to end prejudice because of one man with a dream, who challenged everyone to stand up for what's right.