AKRON, Ohio (WJW) — His life is never forgotten.

The annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Day commemorative event, which began in 1979, was back in action Sunday evening at First Congregational Church of Akron.

All were invited to attend the 4 p.m. city event, which featured keynote speaker Ronald Todd —Gov. Mike DeWine’s Minority Affairs Liaison — along with Akron NAACP President Judi Hill, Saint Ashworth Temple’s Pastor Robert DeJournett and Ohio Sen. Vernon Sykes.

Attendees also heard music and poetry during the celebration.

“Each year, [the event] calls together neighbors from across the city to remember, reignite, and recommit to living and working out the vision cast by Dr. King,” the event committee said in a statement.

Watch some of the event in the video player at the top of the story.