Bradley University holds MLK "Read In"

By WEEK Producer

September 20, 2013 Updated Sep 20, 2013 at 8:44 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Bradley University hosted a reading of speeches by the late Dr. Martin Luther King on Friday.

The read-in was billed as an chance for students, faculty and staff to stand in the shoes of Dr. King by sharing excerpts from many of his greatest speeches.

The event is part of Bradley's year-long civil rights celebration... and an effort to recognize the recent 50-year anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

Organizers hope the readings will give those who attended an idea of the obstacles facing past generations.

"We're talking to our generation now that was not around during the generation of the civil rights movement," said Frances Jones, one of the organizers of the event. "(Its) just to bring awareness to what the struggle was all about, the fact that there was a poor people's campaign. And the campaign was for all people."

During the two-hour read-in at Bradley's Romeo B. Garrett Cultural Center 18 people read excerpts from various King speeches.