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Martin Luther King Scholarship Breakfast at the SIU-C Ballrooms offers messages of hope

The 39th annual Martin Luther King Junior Scholarship Breakfast brought a variety of speakers and singers to the SIU-C Ballrooms on Monday to reflect on his work.

Local Pastor, Reverend Darrell Wimberly said continuing Dr. King's legacy requires all community members to work together.

"To keep on the firing line lord God, to keep us involved, in our communities, to make positive change for equality and justice."

Community advocate Aaron Lee, co-founder of the youth-oriented Dentmon Center in Carbondale, says King's message of togetherness should be followed all year, not just on his birthday.

"This is something that we used to do on a regular basis.  There used to be a time when student athletes , or African americans in general couldn't stay on campus.  They spent their Thanksgiving days in the community,  the Northeast Side.  Let's make this how we conduct ourselves on a day to day basis."

The public can view the program by visiting the Youtube Page of the Carbondale Public Library.

Kevin Boucher is a retired broadcaster. Most recently he was a news reporter for WSIU radio. He grew up watching nature programs including Mutual of Omaha’s wild kingdom and the many Jacques Cousteau specials which sparked his passion with nature. Kevin also is an avid hiker and loves seeing and writing stories about the many fascinating plants and animals we share our planet with. Kevin is married and has lived in Murphysboro since 1976, after living in many places, including Japan, as the son of a Navy officer.

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