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PHOTOS: More than 400 people turn out for MLK breakfast, march in Ogden

PHOTOS: More than 400 people turn out for MLK breakfast, march in Ogden


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Cornel West at Weber State

Author, activist and professor Cornel West speaks to a sold-out crowd at the Weber State University's Browning Center on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. West visited Ogden as part of WSU's focus on increasing civility throughout the school year. West spoke about building community and combating prejudice, while also warning of the dangers the country could face if those challenges aren't addressed.


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Martin Luther King Day in Ogden

People from around Northern Utah packed into every corner of the Marshall White Center gym early on Monday morning for the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Breakfast and March. Around 200 people gather most years for the annual community event put on by the Ogden Branch of the NAACP and Weber State University. This year, more than 400 people turned out to share breakfast, listen to speakers and sing songs before marching downtown. Local activists spoke not only about King and the history of the civil rights movement, but also about the challenges still ahead and the work needed to fight racism and prejudice in the United States today.


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Biologists move Antelope Island bighorn sheep via helicopter

ANTELOPE ISLAND — Wes Livingston estimates that only around 20 people in the country do the same job he does.


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Photos: President Monson's funeral

Thousands of visitors and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gathered for the funeral service for President Thomas S. Monson on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 at the LDS Church Conference Center in Salt Lake City.


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New bones at the Dinosaur Park

The George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park in Ogden is renovating their museum and nearly doubling the number of skeletons and fossils on display.


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Making art on their terms: PALE makes art with a little rebellion

Brek Townsend doesn’t give much weight to critics.


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Lighting the Kwanzaa candles in Ogden

On Wednesday evening, around three dozen people gathered at the Second Baptist Church on the edge of downtown Ogden for the Community Kwanzaa Celebration. At Ogden’s 13th annual celebration, storytellers spun tales, young kids made crafts and a group of teen musicians performed. Everyone at the church that night shared in dinner, history and the lighting of traditional candles. The holiday of Kwanzaa was founded in the 1960s as a way to celebrate African and African American culture, community and family. Over the past 50 years, Kwanzaa’s popularity has fluctuated, but Betty Sawyer - who organized Ogden’s celebration - says there has been a growth in interest in recent years. “People are looking for something foundational, less commercial,” said Sawyer, who also views the growth as being tied to a new struggle for civil rights. Kwanzaa is celebrated over seven days at the tail end of December. Each day is devoted to a specific principle: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.


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Remembering Robb Hall

Past and present Youth Impact students gathered alongside friends of Robb Hall during a vigil outside of Youth Impact in Ogden on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. Approximately 200 people turned out to sing songs, share stories and honor Hall after he died on Christmas Eve.


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Winter Steam Festival at Golden Spike

Promontory, Utah is usually a quiet and empty place in the winter, but for several days during the end of December, the sky fills with steam and the valleys echo with whistles and horn blasts. Thursday marked the start of the Winter Steam Festival at Golden Spike National Historic Site. The annual event celebrates local railroad history and the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869. The main event of the festival is the running of the historic Jupiter steam locomotive. Winter Steam Festival continues through Saturday, Dec. 30 with five demonstration runs throughout the day at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.


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