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Martin Luther King Jr. Day march and presentation in McDonough County

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MACOMB (WGEM) -- For some, it was a day off, for others it was day of service, as people in the Tri-states honored the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In McDonough County, community members held a silent march and virtual presentation lead by the state's NAACP President.

A silent march for Martin Luther King Jr. started at the Macomb Courthouse Square, eventually leading to the Western Illinois University campus.

WIU Senior Kyle Williams, who is the Chapter President of Alpha Fhi Alpha, said he marched to remember the values and morals of King's dream that still live on.

"Everything doesn't need a reaction, it is okay to peacefully protest and that peaceful protest can get more done than violence any day," Williams said.

McDonough County NAACP President, Byron Oden-Shabazz said what he saw today was possibility and hope for America.

"I think we have to see the symbol before we see the substance and for me it's the symbol to bring people to a space where you can tell them about the substance," Shabazz said.

He said the message does not stop there.

"I don't think we speak enough about the women that was involved. If we're going to have civil rights and balance, we have to talk about women's rights," Shabazz said.

WIU Black Student Association President, Shakyria Bailey said it is not too late for more women who look like her to join the conversation.

"Especially in today we are so comfortable with just staying how things are, a few of us are ready to continue what they started. I think that's the big thing. It doesn't stop we have more to do," Bailey said.

Williams says part of remembering King is also giving back to the community.

He says every day this week, there will be ways for the community to do that, starting with a food and clothing drive tomorrow.

You can drop off donations at the multicultural center on campus.

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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