Jackie Robinson YMCA hosts 33rd Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast

Local residents participate in 2017’s unity march in honor of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

Local residents participate in 2017’s unity march in honor of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

55 years ago Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered his now famous "I Have A Dream Speech". Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said that "the president's expressed desire to see more immigrants from countries like Norway must be called out for what it is: an effort to set this country back generations by promoting a homogeneous, white society". "Today, we mourn his loss, we celebrate his legacy and we pledge to fight for his dream of equality, freedom, justice and peace".

"This is what Rev. King preached all of his life-love". "I'm more troubled by the silence from people who are supposed to be men and women of righteousness".

Youth Action Project also will recognize the life of local civil rights activist Frances Grice, who died December 31 at the age of 84.

"This week is very community based and [we're] making sure that we're able to continue the legacy of working together and also being able to educate ourselves", Diallo said.

In the middle of MacArthur High School main hallway is where you will find the riveting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. display.

Potter said Antioch Baptist members will have a float in the parade with Southern Hills Baptist Church members.

The celebration, beginning at 7 p.m., will include music, singing, guest speakers and refreshments. Official March will take place on Monday, January 15, at 10 a.m.in Central City. The event will feature works from local school students and their interpretation of this year's theme. Attendees who bring canned food donations will be provided free raffle tickets for prize drawings. The landfill will be closed to the general public, but will accept franchise haulers until 4:30 p.m. Monday's trash routes will be collected Wednesday.

"We really wanted to give his whole vision", Diallo continued.

Afterwards, participants are invited to make fleece blankets for the homeless, which will be donated to Pontiac's Grace Centers of Hope.

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