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King Center Celebrates King Birthday

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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