LYNCHBURG, Va. -

In Lynchburg, the King holiday is a time for praise music and celebration.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Human Rights held its 16th annual "Birthday Breakfast" Monday morning at the Holiday Inn downtown.

Along with high energy gospel music, guests got to enjoy an early morning feast.

The event recognizes King's achievements and also serves as a reminder of the struggles that still exist.

"I don't think we can move forward without remembering the struggle and the pain of the past.  We've made great strides because of him," said Ramona Battle, chairperson for the event.

Cassandra Conover was the keynote speaker at Monday's breakfast.  She's a Lynchburg native and E.C. Glass High School graduate, who now serves as the Commonwealth's Attorney in Petersburg, Virginia.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Human Rights was established by Lynchburg City Council in 1991, to promote and conduct community observances of the King holiday, and maintain a permanent exhibit to King's legacy at the Lynchburg Public Library.