RENO, NV - "Everytime I come over here it's like inspiration. There's a whole bunch of knowledgeable people that come by and talk," says Chidi Okonkwo.
Okonkwo had been to Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Dinners before, but he'd never seen anything like tonight's event.
"Last year and the year before, we had talkers and speakers and they were inspirational, but there ain't nothing wrong with a show and a meal at the same time, right?" says Okonkwo.
In addition to drummers and dancers, the Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society brought in an acclaimed motivational singer and actress from Dallas as the headlining performer.
"I'm going to be talking about how we're going into the future. Even though Martin set the platform for us to dream, now we're going to take it into the 21st century to continue to dream," says Evette Perry-Buchanan.
This event had a number of very important people in attendance including Gov. Brian Sandoval who flew up here from Las Vegas to be here for the second year in a row. He told me what Martin Luther King, Jr. means to him.
"Pride and just a man of courage and conviction. Someone who set an example for all men, women, and children in the United States of America," says Sandoval.
That example still resonated for many of the guests at tonight's dinner including Chidi.
"Like any of us, his dreams inspired our dreams. Be another leader inside the African community and just creates changes," says Okonkwo.