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Sheneal Davis, of McDonald, Ga., joins in a song during the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday service at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Atlanta. The nation will honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, the same day as it celebrates the inauguration of the first black president to his second term.

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Linda Holmes, left, wipes a falling tear off the face of her husband James, as he weeps during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday commemorative service at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Atlanta.

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Volunteers roll up posters marking the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' speech during the annual holiday commemorative service in his honor at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Atlanta.

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Bernice King, center right, and Christine King Farris, center left, the daughter and sister of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., applaud while watching a broadcast as President Barack Obama is inaugurated following the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday commemorative service at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.

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Thousands take part in a march honoring Martin Luther King Jr., Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in San Antonio.

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Maddie Kuntz, 10, of Libertyville, works on a word game based on Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Hearts the Same program Monday at the First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Rev. Amy Heinrich quotes from the "I Have a Dream" speech from Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Hearts the Same program Monday at the First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Children listen to Rev. Amy Heinrich quote from the "I Have a Dream" speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Hearts the Same program Monday at the First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Professor DuBoi McCarty of Harper College, talks about Dr. King's life, during the Hoffman Estates 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Joan Jarzemsky gives a thumbs-up to professor DuBoi McCarty of Harper College Monday morning.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Sally Dorsey of the Sears Holding Gospel Choir sings during the Hoffman Estates 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Dundee-Crown freshman Amanda Craig, left, and Carpentersville Middle School seventh grade student Elsie Guerra check process donations at the Church of the Brethren in Elgin Monday. Members of the Elgin Youth Leadership Academy collected and sorted food that was to be delivered to six local food pantries.

Rick West | Staff Photographer

Abbott Middle School student Jose Nieto helps unload a truck carrying food donated from Jewel, Walgreens, Fresh Market and Sherman Hospital at Church of the Brethren Monday in Elgin.

Rick West | Staff Photographer

Audience members sing the Negro national anthem during Lake Forest College's annual Martin Luther King Jr. program at Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel Monday.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Members of Glenn Johnson & The Voices of Inner Peace perform during Lake Forest College's annual Martin Luther King Jr. program at Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel Monday.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Author Dr. Martha Biondi of Northwestern University gives the keynote address during Lake Forest College's annual Martin Luther King Jr. program at Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel Monday.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Pastor Corey Brooks from New Beginnings Church Chicago, speaks at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the Wheaton Christian Center in Carol Stream on Monday.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

The Wheaton College Gospel Choir sing at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the Wheaton Christian Center in Carol Stream on Monday.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Kids making up the Carol Stream Community Choir perform at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the Wheaton Christian Center in Carol Stream on Monday.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Gallery updated: 1/21/2013 10:43 PM

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day was celebrated across the nation and in the suburbs on Monday, Jan. 21. Marches, speeches, children's programs and community service projects were part of the celebration.
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