About 150 people gathered for the 21st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at the Wheaton Christian Center. The event featured an inspirational tribute by the Wheaton College Gospel Choir, as well as a special community circle discussion, led by RESTORE: Carol Stream Peacemakers. Outreach Community Center provided an update on the College Opportunity Program’s annual college tour, with a very special high school student who shared how this program has empowered him to pursue his dreams.

The celebration not only honored the memory of Dr. King but also facilitated valuable dialogue amongst attendees. Mayor Pro Tem Matt McCarthy of Carol Stream also had the opportunity to address the guests. Sponsors included Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream, the Village of Carol Stream, Wheaton Christian Center and Our Savior Lutheran Church, with breakfast donations from Wheaton Bible Church and First Pres Glen Ellyn as well as local businesses including Starbucks, McDonald’s Chick-Fil-A and Denny’s.