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Carbondale Branch of the NAACP host 41st MLK Scholarship Breakfast

Benjy Jeffords
LT. Governor Juliana Stratton speaking at the 41st MLK Scholarship Breakfast at SIU

The Carbondale branch of the NAACP hosted dozens of people from the community at their 41st MLK Scholarship Breakfast.

The SIU Student Center Ballrooms were packed with people celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday morning.

This year's featured speaker is Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton who told the audience the state has reinvested more than $144 million dollars in communities with grants from the R3 program.

“We are not in this work on our own, that the only way that we can really make a dent in some of the continued injustices that we continue to see in our communities is to band together, be unified, and continue to go forward together. And that it's not just work for today, it's work for the generations to come.”

The R3 program converts 25% of the tax revenue from adult use cannabis to fund grants.

Benjy Jeffords is a digital media production specialist at WSIU Public Broadcasting located at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
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