Macomb celebrates MLK, Jr. Day

The city of Macomb celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the holiday Monday, January 19, 2009.

A symbolic march was held as part of their commemorative celebration program.

Men, women, students and children bared the rather chilly weather as they marched from the downtown courthouse square to Mount Calvary Church on East Pierce Street.

A celebration program was held in the church after the march.

KHQA asked Western Illinois University Provost and Academic Vice President Jack Thomas what this holiday means.

"It's a time for us to remember the civil rights movement, and it's a time for us to remember all of the things that have taken place to help get us where we are today," said Thomas. "And to serve as an encouragement for our young people and people in general, that we can reach the mark and we can be successful and achieve our goal."

Thomas works with Mt. Calvary Church as well as the NAACP.

He says plenty has been accomplished in the area of civil rights, but plenty of work still must be done.