Carbondale Hosts 32nd Annual MLK Memorial Breakfast

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CARBONDALE -- Community members came together Monday to remember the the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday marked the 32nd year of the Rev. Martin L. King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast, held in the ballrooms of the SIU Student Center. Eventgoers had breakfast before a program that included guest speakers and a youth choir from the New Zion Baptist Church.

"He said in his speech 'I have a dream', and we are trying to make that dream come true today and throughout our lives," said Ed Dorsey, president of the Carbondale brach of the NAACP.

Some attendees saw Monday's event as a reminder to continue the push for racial equality.

"So with that change, the injustice that people have endured here America, the next thing was to try and fulfill the dream that Martin spoke about. That dream, that check bounced; the dream is not fulfilled, and there's still a lot of work to do," said Pepper Holder of Carbondale.

Monday's program also included the presentation of "academic excellence" certificates to Carbondale students with a 3.0 - 4.0 grade point average.

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