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Macomb Celebrates Dr. King's Legacy

Macomb, IL – More than one hundred people in Macomb joined millions across the nation in celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The group marched from Macomb's Courthouse Square to the Mount Calvary Church on East Pierce Street, which is a mile and a half trek.

Once there, attendees were treated to more than two hours of inspirational speeches, music, and a rousing keynote address from WIU Provost and Academic Vice President, Dr. Jack Thomas.

Among those in attendance was Illinois State Representative Rich Myers, who grew up in Colchester. He says those who grew up there could be exposed to high levels of prejudice and racism... but things have improved dramatically over the past 50 years.

Jordan Liles, Vice President of Western Illinois University's NAACP chapter, was there and gave a brief speech. He says coming to Western can be a "culture shock" as students from across the state and around the world converge on Macomb year after year. He says the university should encourage more activities that encompass all students, instead of promoting activities that target certain groups.

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