The prayer service, held in St. Mary's Catholic Church, covered the dominant themes of King's public ministry. The eighth-grade speakers reminded students and staff that King believed that each of us was inherently equal in the eyes of God. He taught that peace was not a goal, but a means to a greater goal.
The prayer service ended with every student and staff member signing a paper pledging that each member of St. Mary's School will be a peacemaker, thereby following the path blazed by King.
The morning commemoration ended with the student body — led by eighth-graders holding signs depicting a theme or saying from Dr. King — marching from the school to the library and back. The signs are posted along the front of the building for passersby to see.