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Residents Honor Martin Luther King in Rock Island

"Racism is a home-cooked meal served at the kitchen table." That's according to Reverend P. Wonder Harris, who spoke at the King Center in Rock Island today in honor of Martin Luther King and his message to never be silent in the face of injustice.

Harris remembers when King spoke to a group of junior high school students in Philadelphia in 1967. King encouraged the kids to always have a "deep sense of self-worth," and to "pursue excellence" in whatever they do. 
King told the students that doors were opening for them that had never been open for their parents. And today, in 2016, Harris says all doors are open. 

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He says waiting for someone to change their beliefs is like flying a kite and waiting for the wind.

Harris says everyone has a responsibility to question what they're taught and find the truth. And in Martin Luther King's words, "there comes a time when silence is betrayal."


Harris spoke as part of the King Center's 33rd annual Martin Luther King Day celebration.