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Rachel Otwell / NPR Illinois

As we near the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, the Sangamon County Metro 4-H Program recognized him with a "Selma Re-Enactment March." Students marched from Chamberlain Park to the Old State Capitol in Springfield.

The 1965 March to Selma from Montgomery was focused on the Voting Rights Act, which ultimately passed that year. The march has a bloody history - one worth exploring according to Beriah Hemingway, who goes to Lanphier High School.

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The annual Rainbow Push Martin Luther King breakfast in Chicago is always full of current and hopeful future politicians.

And this year, possible candidates for governor were looking to shake a few voters’ hands. 

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, who has said he’ll run again, kicked off the breakfast with a bill signing.

State Sen. Kwame Raoul was thought to be a possible Democratic challenger, but he was spotted taking another potential candidate, Chris Kennedy, around the room. Kennedy says he’s still thinking about running.

Digital Library of Georgia

On this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we’ll take you back to a speech given by the father of the slain civil rights leader. In 1975, Martin Luther King, Sr. visited the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to talk about the role of religion in the civil rights movement, and his son’s tireless work.