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King Center Celebrates King Birthday

Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw at the King Center, from Monday's live broadcast
King Center
Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw at the King Center, from Monday's live broadcast

With an audience in-person and online across the country, the King Center in Rock Island on Monday held its 39th birthday celebration for Martin Luther King, Junior.

The emcee, Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw, urged those listening to take a stand and make a difference.

"And it really takes each and every one of us stepping up and not being afraid to stand up if something is not right, regardless of how difficult the conversation might be, how uncomfortable it might be, it truly takes each and every one of us to not tolerate racial injustice anymore."

The message from featured speaker, Thurgood Brooks, was "I have a role to play for change."

"You have a role to play for change, because each of us, each and every one of us does, and together we will build, together we will rise, together we will stand, and together we will overcome."

Monday's celebration also included a message from Rock Island Mayor Mike Thoms, and the awarding of a two-year scholarship to Black Hawk College

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.