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Vanessa Meeks, of the Sears Holdings Associate Gospel Choir, sings a solo during the Hoffman Estates Cultural Awareness Commission's 12th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

The audience dances to the Sears Holdings Associate Gospel Choir, during the Hoffman Estates Cultural Awareness Commission's 12th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Stevenson High School freshman Matthew Weiner check expiration dates on pancake mixes Monday at the Vernon Township Food Pantry. Stevenson students fanned out over Lake County to work on community projects for Marting Luther King Jr. Day.

Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

Ted Goergen, director of student activities, works with Stevenson High School students Monday at the Vernon Township Food Pantry on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

Mr. Asa Gordon, history and social studies teacher at Palatine High School, was the guest speaker at the Hoffman Estates Cultural Awareness Commission presented its 12th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Timothy W. Goodly, senior vice president of human resources for CNN Worldwide, Turner Broadcasting System Inc., was the featured speaker at the 19th annual Rev. Dr, Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast co-sponsored by Benedictine University and College of DuPage.

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

Musical director Jeff Lomax leads the Sears Holdings Associate Gospel Choir, during the Hoffman Estates Cultural Awareness Commission's 12th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Youth leader Toma Kpandeyenge poses questions about Martin Luther King, Jr to members of the Living Gospel Youth Group Monday afternoon in the Heritage Ballroom at The Centre of Elgin. Students were treated to lunch, a video about King, and engaged in conversation about the legacy of the civil rights leader, before heading to the pool for some fun. Kpandeyenge is from South Elgin.

Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

Gina Clements of Elgin, right, answers a question during a table discussion about Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday with other members of the Living Gospel Youth Group including her brother Chevelle, at left. Dozens of youth from local schools, churches and other civic groups attended a luncheon Monday afternoon in the Heritage Ballroom at The Centre of Elgin, the culmination of their volunteer work during the Day of Service event to honor the legacy of the civil rights leader.

Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

Luis Garcia, a Larkin High School senior, addresses the crowd after receiving a scholarship from the MLK Celebration Committee Sunday during the 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. program at the Hemmens Auditorium in Elgin.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

Timothy W. Goodly, senior vice president of human resources for CNN Worldwide, Turner Broadcasting System Inc., was the featured speaker at the 19th annual Rev. Dr, Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast co-sponsored by Benedictine University and College of DuPage.

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

The crowd records the program on their cellphones Sunday during the 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. program at the Hemmens Auditorium in Elgin.

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.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

Gallery posted: 1/20/2014 2:03 PM

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day was celebrated over the weekend and Monday with a variety of servics throughout the suburbs.
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