Eau Claire remembers Martin Luther King Jr.

By: Chris Verhyen Email
By: Chris Verhyen Email
The event started back in 1983.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A ceremony to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther king Jr. was held Monday night in Eau Claire.

The ceremony, held at St. James the Greater Catholic Church in Eau Claire, featured performances from a number of local schools and speakers.

There were also readings from several of King's speeches, music and multimedia presentations on the history of the Civil Rights Movement.
Organizers say Wisconsin played a big part in the movement.

Selika Ducksworth-Lawton says, "Wisconsin has a strong connection to the civil rights movement and their records of the civil rights movement are in the Wisconsin historical society, we want to make sure people understand that Eau Claire is a beloved community and are working towards being a beloved community."

She says the event started back in 1983 when students would gather around the old clock tower that was once on the UW-Eau Claire campus.

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