DULUTH, MN-- The Duluth community celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.
Because of the pandemic, participants joined in on a virtual rally put on by the Duluth Branch of the NAACP, the theme being "Our Rising Voices- A Call for Bold Social Action" centered around Dr. King's final book published after his death in 1968.
"As we work to build a community out of the chaos, we know that our voices need to rise," said Rally Emcee, Daniel Oyinloye.
City leaders spoke about the state of the country's current climate.
"The protest that was done for Black Lives Matter is a complete contrast to what we witnessed on January 6th here in this country," said Duluth Human Rights Officer, Carl Crawford.
Crawford pointed out the U.S has a lot of work to do in order to see a shift in the right direction.
"We still have a problem and we still have a gap."
Other city leaders laid out their plans for 2021 to make Duluth a better place for people of color.
City Councilor Janet Kennedy pointed to the uprising of the African Heritage Commission.
The committee was formed to be able to ensure views of the African Heritage community are heard.
"We haven't had that voice for many years," said Kennedy.
The commission is made up of nine people.
"They are charges with being able to act as a guide and development of policies, practices and procedures and even services for the African Heritage people," said Kennedy.
Dr. Olihe Okoro touched on the NAACP's work surrounding COVID-19.
"We are inviting you to attend a virtual town hall that we are hosting on Wednesday, January 27th."
There, leaders will talk about safety and understanding of vaccinations among other health-related things.
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