Carbondale Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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CARBONDALE -- Dozens of Carbondale leaders and residents filled city hall Sunday to remember Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy. This is the 15th year for the annual Southern Illinois Unity Celebration. There was a plenty of singing, dancing, and St. Louis poet Paul Bell read some poetry. Several reverends from local churches also spoke at the event this evening.

Organizers say it's important to remember Dr. King's work and they hope it can inspire new leaders.

"The issues that he fought and died for have never really diminished. So we need inspiring leaders even if it's just the remembrance of their words to help us carry on and struggle against things that are oppressing us," explains event coordinator Maurine Pyle.

The Carbondale and Murphysboro mayors also presented the Spirit of Dr. King Community Service Award to Mary Sasse. She was one of the few high school teachers back in 1967 who welcomed all races with open arms into her classroom during integration.

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