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Elgin celebrates King's legacy, progress toward his dream

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Audience members watch and record the 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Program at the Hemmens Auditorium in Elgin on Sunday. The event celebrated King's legacy through words, song, prayer and dance.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

The Elgin Community Choir performs Sunday during the 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. program at the Hemmens Auditorium in Elgin.

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Luis Garcia, a Larkin High School senior, addresses the crowd Sunday after receiving a scholarship from the MLK Celebration Committee during the 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. program at the Hemmens Auditorium in Elgin. Fellow Larkin seniors Shawdrea Hill and Danielle Robinson also earned scholarships.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

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Elgin showed its commitment to the dream of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday -- in words, song, prayer and dance. By Mayor David Kaptain's admission, that commitment may not always have been there. "When I became a councilman almost 10 years ago, diversity was not something that was a pleasant subject in Elgin," he said.
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    • Audience members watch and record the 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Program at the Hemmens Auditorium in Elgin on Sunday. The event celebrated King's legacy through words, song, prayer and dance.
    •  The Elgin Community Choir performs Sunday during the 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. program at the Hemmens Auditorium in Elgin.
    •  Luis Garcia, a Larkin High School senior, addresses the crowd Sunday after receiving a scholarship from the MLK Celebration Committee during the 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. program at the Hemmens Auditorium in Elgin. Fellow Larkin seniors Shawdrea Hill and Danielle Robinson also earned scholarships.
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