Peoria celebrates MLK Jr. Day

Published: Jan. 16, 2023 at 9:38 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - On his 94th birthday, the River City honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Various events highlighted his work, but also people in the community who work for change and equality.

The King Holiday Committee of Peoria Inc. hosted the ‘Freedom Vehicle Parade,’ followed by the ‘Commemorative Service and Awards Ceremony.’

After a parade of cars, buses and a firetruck, dozens of people gathered in Mt. Zion Baptist Church for the leadership awards ceremony.

Event organizers say the theme ‘Progress Personified’ came from how far people have come and how much more work there still is to do.

”I wouldn’t be here. We wouldn’t be in a position that we are today without all of the work that Dr. King and everyone during those times did. So, I think it’s important to honor him by showing up,” said Monica Wallace with the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs.

This was the first in-person program since the pandemic.