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Dubuque King Day Celebration Asks “How Far Have We Come?”



“How far have we come?” That was the central question at a Martin Luther King, Junior, Day celebration held in Dubuque on Monday. The event at the Multicultural Family Center included poetry readings and musical performances. But the central theme was progress…and whether there’s been enough for people of color in Dubuque. Caprice Jones, the founder of the Fountain of Youth program, moved to Dubuque five years ago fully aware of the city’s history. But he believes Dubuque is a more welcoming city than it’s ever been before. Former City Councilwoman Lynn Sutton says that while progress has been made, more is needed. She specifically pointed to housing issues, which Dr. King also spoke about a half-century ago. Sutton works with both the Dubuque chapter of the NAACP and the Friends of Fair Housing group to bring attention to housing issues.

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