Macomb celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

Legacy of civil rights pioneer remembered in Macomb.

The city of Macomb honored the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.

A special memorial walk and celebration reminded the community of the legacy of a man whose impact is still felt today.

WIU student Madeline Gerald took part in this symbolic march through Macomb.

"These were people's lives," Gerald said. "They put a lot of dedication into them. The work that they did shouldn't be forgotten."

The march was similar to marches led by King during the civil rights movement.

WIU professor Fetene Gebrewold says that Dr. Kings message of freedom has even reached his home country of Ethiopia.

"His dream has an impact," Geberwold said. "And a lot of people celebrate what he stands for."

Led by Senator John Sullivan, Mayor Mike Inman and former Mayor Tom Carper the group made its way across town to take part in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the Mt. Calvary Church of God in Christ.

At the church the sanctuary was filled with speeches, dancing and songs all commemorating the life of the civil rights pioneer.

The multi-racial audience was proof that Dr. King's dream continues to cross color lines says Macomb resident Duane Gosa.

"I believe he'd be very proud and honored to see his dream come alive. To see all men of every creed and color come together to celebrate," Gosa said.

But Raleigh Mitchell an elder at the church says the work of civil rights is far from over.

"We want them to realize that there's still work to be done," Mitchell said. "Especially in this community. And we just all want to work together and make a better Macomb and a better world for everyone."