The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee revisited the life and message of the late Civil Rights leader once again Monday morning.
After holding a tribute celebration Sunday at First Baptist church in Galesburg, the group held the annual community wide breakfast at Bethel Baptist Church Monday morning.
Spirituals were sung and student essays from a contest held at area middle schools were shared during the breakfast.
Committee member Pam Davidson says the MLK Celebration Committee is touched each year by the student essays.
“Sometimes within their classrooms, they have to make it a project for them to write about the essays [sic],” says Davidson. “If we do not educate our children about what the past was, they are doomed to repeat it in the future.”
This year will mark the 50th anniversary since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Davidson says she believes the Civil Rights Act led the way in preventing discrimination against women and the disabled.
All of the proceeds raised at the event is given to the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee scholarship winners each year.