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Marion hosts annual Martin Luther King Jr. lunch

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MARION (WSIL) -- "The Dream: Where We Stand" was this year's theme at the Marion luncheon to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"United we stand, will be stronger than divided we fall," said keynote speaker Jeff McCoy.

The Boyton Street Community Center Board celebrated it's 30th year hosting Marion's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon. Coordinators say it was pleasing to see multiple generations come out to the event.

The turnout was so big, the program was held at a new venue, The Pavilion of the City of Marion. The celebration featured keynote speaker Jeff McCoy, who wants to continue Dr. King's legacy.

"I wouldn't be where I'm in today if it wasn't for the work that he put forth and the dreams that he set forth for me and for others and so just want to honor his legacy every single day and continue to do the things that he and others put their life on the line for us to have," said McCoy.

Guests also enjoyed food and music. McCoy says although its 2020, there's still more work to be done.

"I think it's very important for people to listen to other people and try to see from other people's perspectives, listen to other people and kinda learn more about them. It's not always about us, it's about other people" he said.

Attendees tell News 3 they hope everyone learns why Dr. King is important to not only Black History, but also American History.

Donations from the program went toward the Kay Pape Memorial Scholarship.

Maya Skinner

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