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King's legacy: 'Unmet challenges'

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The Daily Herald reports on Monday morning's Martin Luther King Prayer Breakfast that the Rev. Robert Harman '59 still remembers the distrustful looks he and other clergymen received as they traveled from Illinois to Selma, Ala., in 1965 to support civil rights leaders. He still remembers the freedom songs and the words of the preachers that inspired civil rights activists to march to Montgomery with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. He remembers the calls for justice that applied not only to the south but to the housing projects of Chicago, where he marched with King the following year. Though decades have passed, Harman said there are unmet challenges in reaching justice and equality. Those in the majority, he said, have to learn to communicate across cultures, to "hear each other in his or her own language without forcing them to be different than they are." Harman, an alumnus of North Central College and retired from the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, shared this message with about 250 students, faculty and community members this morning at the Naperville school's annual Martin Luther King Jr. prayer breakfast.
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