ECC Group Celebrates Life and Teachings of Dr. King

By Mask, Teresa | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), January 16, 1997 | Go to article overview

ECC Group Celebrates Life and Teachings of Dr. King


Mask, Teresa, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Teresa Mask Daily Herald Staff Writer

Elgin residents and community leaders from various ethnic backgrounds united Wednesday morning to honor the man who dreamed of bringing them together.

The group gathered at Elgin Community College for the eighth annual prayer breakfast celebrating the birth of Martin Luther King Jr., entitled "Make Real the Dream ..."

The civil rights leader, born Jan. 15, 1929, would have been 68 Wednesday had he not been killed by a sniper in 1968.

During his life, King fought for social and human equality for people of all races. He dreamed of a day when blacks and whites would join hands without animosity toward one another.

King is remembered most often for his non-violent teaching in an era when it was not unusual for blacks to be hosed down or beaten for fighting for basic rights. His beliefs earned him a Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

A picture of King hung on a wall in the dining hall Wednesday, his eyes staring out as if he were quietly observing the celebration honoring his legacy. …

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