Michael Eric Dyson speaks at annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration

Jan 20, 2014

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A nationally known author and sociology professor returned to Peoria Monday to speak about the legacy of Doctor Martin Luther King Junior.

Michael Eric Dyson first spoke at the annual Doctor King Celebration luncheon two years ago. He says different groups need to join together and work for good government:

“Holding all politicians – left, right and center – accountable, we get more out of the process.  Then we need to do everything we can in terms of our social service organizations to address some of the gaping holes that political figures and government don’t address. So poverty, social injustice, grooming people for job ready practices, those kind of things are extremely important as well.”

Dyson says today’s challenges include the high unemployment rate and barriers to treating all people equal regardless of gender, race or sexuality.

He says he returned to Peoria in-part because he was moved by the 2012 event. Dyson says people in the area are receptive to the message of social justice regardless of political party.

People are also taking part in the annual Martin Luther King Freedom March from Bradley University’s campus to New Morning Star Missionary Church.