Community members brave the cold to honor Dr. King

By Chad Weber

January 21, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:35 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Several dozen people braved the bitter temperatures to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by taking to the streets.

"Passing the Torch to Young Leaders" was the theme at this year's march.

Community members walked from Bradley University to Mount Zion Baptist Church in Peoria.

It was 50 years ago Dr. King famously marched on Washington and Reverend Larry Williams was there.

"We had no police protection," said Williams. "We didn't have any protection, any type of law enforcement agency until the federal government came in. I'm telling you I lived in that time. What it means today is that you have people that are carrying on, people that refuse to give up. We probably have 50 percent progress thus far, and I don't think he would be satisfied."

After the march, a commemorative service and awards ceremony was held at Mount Zion Baptist Church.

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