His dream lives on. The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was carried out as people used Monday's day off as a day on. As part of the 27th Annual Martin Luther King Day of Service, volunteers joined together to help a family achieve its dream.
Volunteers with Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity and AmeriCorps used the day of service to help a local family achieve the dream of home ownership.
"You know Martin Luther King spoke very much about working together and that's what we are doing," said Larry Deibert, a Habitat for Humanity volunteer.
The teamwork is at the very heart of habitat's affordable housing efforts.
"They are devoted and they come on their set days and they volunteer and they are just so caring," said Christine Ivy, the future homeowner of the habitat home. "They are great people to know."
"You don't want to mess up because you know the person so you don't want to get paint on the wood or on the carpet or whatever because that person is going to be living there and you want it to be perfect for them," said AmeriCorps volunteer Randy Creasman.
Driving for perfection and unity is what the volunteers say is the purpose of this day of service, moving all of us closer to Dr. King's vision of a beloved community.
"Martin Luther King Jr. was the perfect example of service and providing for people in need and he was an advocate of that," said Creasman.
"It's not just today but throughout the year," added Deibert. "And that's what he was, his desire as well."
And while the tenure of this service project may be short, the positive affect leaves a lasting benefit.
Since the three bedroom habitat home is a rehab home the volunteers don't have to build it from scratch. The house still needs lighting fixtures and wood work before its mid-March dedication.