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Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Washington Post

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Eugene Robinson, is coming to the Quad Cities to talk about race in America. Saturday Robinson will be the featured speaker at the Martin Luther King Junior Community Celebration, at Augustana College.

The celebration will honor the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, which Robinson says is central to all civil rights issues. And, helped lead to the election of President Obama. 
Robinson won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for his columns in the Washington Post about Obama's election. He says the election changed people's "vision of what's possible and what's normal."

Besides writing for the Washington Post, Robinson occassionally appears on MSNBC to talk about race and politics. And he'll address those issues Saturday, including Ferguson and the nation-wide protests. 

This is how we have a "national conversation about race."

The Martin Luther King Junior Community Celebration begins at 6 pm Saturday at Augustana's Centennial Hall. There will also be a musical and theatrical tribute. The event is free and open to the public. 

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.