Peoria library remembers famous march

By WEEK Reporter

February 15, 2014 Updated Feb 16, 2014 at 12:09 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- Participants were several Peoria residents who traveled to Washington DC in August of 1963 to protest for better jobs, housing and education.

It was the site also where Dr. Martin Luther king made his famous "I Have a Dream Speech." They talked about what it was like that day, and the hardships African Americans faced in the 50s and 60s.

Panelists hope that the discussion will inspire the community to take action for issues on inequality that still exist today.

"A better understanding of where we've been and where we still need to go," panelist Geraldine McCall.

"Until we participate in the situation and let it be known that we will not go along with the status quo, then it's going to stay the same," said panelist Sam Polk.

Topics in the discussion are highlighted at the library's "Changing America" exhibit. The panel is part of the library's "Created Equal" discussion series.