MARION, IL (KFVS) - More than 50 people joined inside the Pavilion in Marion, Illinois Monday to honor the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Junior.
The event was titled "Moving forward with change" and was hosted by the Boyton Street Community Center of Marion and students who participate in the After School All-Star program.
The program featured a poetry reading, music, and several speakers.
Members of the community were joined by area religious leaders and elected officials. Williamson County's State's Attorney Brandon Zanotti spoke in honor of Dr. King.
The keynote speaker was Marion's first elected black city commissioner, Angelo Hightower.
"Unfortunately I don't think his dream has been realized," Hightower said. "We still have a lot of work to go, but I think we're starting to make a little progress. But we just need to keep that momentum going."
Hightower urged members of the community to speak out for what they believe in. He said he would like to see more public conversations about issues of racial inequality.
He said Marion should could begin to make change by honoring Dr. King's birthday as an official city holiday.