Former NAACP President Benjamin Jealous delivered the keynote address at "Service of Celebration" for Dr. King and called on local civil rights leaders to keep up on the political pressure on the state legislature.
The service marked the 50-year anniversary of King's iconic "I Have a Dream" speech.
Jealous' address paid tribute to the Moral Monday movement in Raleigh; a serious of protests against the Republican led General Assembly.
"There is already a silent majority in this state that believes in justice, that believes in civil rights, that certainly believes what is happening at the Raleigh State Capitol is taking us backwards. We need to go forward," Jealous said.
The special service at Duke also marked the 50th anniversary of Duke's first black undergraduate students.