Organizers of the annual march in Peoria honoring Martin Luther King Jr. hope to inspire more people, especially youth, to engage in social and political issues.
The annual MLK holiday is bookended by the departure of America’s first African American president and the inauguration of Donald Trump.
Freedom March organizer Eugene Daniel says the timing couldn’t be better. Daniel says the event aims to remind attendees of their constitutional rights to speak out against injustice and to unite around common values.
Over the past week, much of the nation's attention has been trained on the town of Ferguson, Mo., following an incident there in which a police officer shot an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown. Like similar stories, the Michael Brown shooting has become a flashpoint for conversations about race and policing, and there have been heated, chaotic showdowns between the police there and protesters.
Here's some of what's been written about the shooting and the reaction to it in the week since.