Katie Moore / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS, La. -- The nation will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday, and while those celebrations are taking place, here in New Orleans, that celebration started a little early at Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse.

Musician and activist Irvin Mayfield trumpeted the actions of six outstanding New Orleanians Sunday night, including 11-year-old Maya Major.

On Christmas Eve, Major went around the city with her parents to give the homeless something to keep their feet warm. 'I gave out socks with little candy canes for them,' said Major of her kind act.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Jazz Awards are a celebration of every day excellence.

'It's not really about being spectacular in an extraordinary way. It's about going about doing the work you can do on a daily basis, being extraordinary in your plain life. And I think that's what all of these folks represent,' saind Irvin Mayfield.

Other recipients include Musician James Rivers and People's Health CEO Carol Solomon, and University of New Orleans Jazz Studies Chairman Steve Masakowski received the Germaine Bazzle award.

Mayfield says the awards are a tribute to all of those who live in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., people like Maya Major. 'It made me feel good inside to help them,' said Major.

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