CHICAGO (CBS) — On this Martin Luther King Junior Day, the world pauses to remember the great civil rights leader.
Dr. King visited Chicago many times, including leading a walk in 1965 to protest segregation in schools here.
CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot takes us to two events today in his honor.
The Oakdale Covenant Youth Choir sang “Glory,” a song with a message about the civil rights movement, at the 26th Annual PUSH Excel Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. spoke of Dr. King’s unfinished work.
“Dr. King would say there’s too much violence and too much urban deterioration and no investment,” Jackson said. “We need to see the value of education, versus incarceration.”
At the DuSable Museum of African American History, the Najwa Dance Corps performed traditional African dance. Children created unity themed artwork. They also toured the “Freedom, Resistance and The Journey Toward Equality” installation.
“We really want to bring people together and really unify, not only our community, as the African-American community, but all communities across Chicago,” said Perri Irmer, president and CEO of the DuSable Museum.
For the adults who brought children to the exhibit, they didn’t want it to be just another day of these kids being out of school, but a day where they learn the true importance of this holiday.
“I wanted to help them get a better understanding so they can learn and grow,” said Rodger Cooley.
“It’s helped us all become stronger, because we all had to stand together and be one to fight it and get to where we are today,” said Arielle Wood.
The city also announced that Chicago’s Stone Temple Church, where King frequently preached, is up for landmark status.