CHICAGO (CBS) — Hundreds of Chicagoans from all walks of life gathered Monday morning to honor the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
With a heartfelt prayer, PUSH Excel’s 30th annual Martin Luther King Day scholarship breakfast Monday morning marked “the journey from emancipation to educational equity.”READ MORE: 'We’re Back There Again?' Disproportionate Number of Black Chicagoans Died From COVID-19 In Recent Surge; What’s The Solution?
The goal of the annual breakfast is to promote the need for a quality education for every child.
Rev. Jesse Jackson and Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin joined Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot as guests.
The mayor had words of gratitude for Jackson, founder of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.
“I want to thank Reverend Jackson for his leadership over these many decades, in constantly being where we need to be as a society, and pushing us to think about our neighbors; not just here in Chicago, or the United States, but abroad,” Lightfoot said.
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Young orators wow the crowd at the @RPCoalition PUSH Excel 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast.@cbschicago is among the sponsors benefiting this great cause. So proud to be here this morning! #MLKDay pic.twitter.com/ZnAQr2js51
— Suzanne Le Mignot (@SuzanneLeMignot) January 20, 2020
Some very talented young dancers and singers also performed at the breakfast.
Martin Luther King Day shines a light on helping others.
Gov. JB Pritzker was among hundreds of volunteers who donated the time for City Year Chicago’s annual Martin Luther king Jr. Day of Service at Dett Elementary School on the Near West Side.
City Year Chicago brought them together for projects in local schools and neighborhoods. Volunteers are tutoring, mentoring, and rolling up their sleeves for beautification projects.
Celebrating The Dream this morning at the 30th annual #RainbowPUSH #PUSHEXCEL Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast. @cbschicago is a proud sponsor. #MLK #TheDreamIsAlive pic.twitter.com/LCprnsWne8
— Ryan Baker (@RyanBakerMedia) January 20, 2020
In Washington, D.C., a wreath was laid at the King Memorial next to the National Mall.MORE NEWS: Illinois House Committee Advances Bill That Would Require Life Rings Along Lakefront
King was born on Jan. 15, 1929, but his birthday is celebrated as a national holiday on the third Monday of January.