Flag honoring Martin Luther King Jr. flies over Springfield City Hall

Students from the Martin Luther King Charter School in Springfield prepared to the civil rights leader's accomplishments.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The flag honoring the memory of the late Dr. Martin Luther King flies over Springfield City Hall on Friday evening.

The flag’s raising, honoring the memory of the slain civil rights leader, followed a stirring tribute at City Hall.

Students from the Martin Luther King Charter School in Springfield prepared a program honoring the words and the accomplishments of Dr. King.

5th grader Serenity Figueroa felt flattered to speak the words of the civil rights movement’s most iconic figure; “I kind of felt nervous but I felt they supported me.”

Dr. King would have been 88 years old Sunday. His legacy was honored Friday by observances in Springfield, Holyoke and other cities across America.

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