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Martin Luther King Day in Ogden

January 15, 2018

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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Cornel West at Weber State

January 15, 2018

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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Saying goodbye to LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson

January 11, 2018

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held a viewing for President Thomas S. Monson on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.

Monson died Monday, Jan. 2, 2018, after serving as the church’s leader for nearly 10 years. A funeral for Monson will be at the LDS Church Conference Center Friday, Jan. 12 at noon.

Monson became a church bishop at the age of 22 and also became the youngest church apostle ever in 1963 at the age of 36. He served as a counselor for three church presidents before taking the role of president for the church.

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Remembering LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson

January 3, 2018

Thomas S. Monson, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints president died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at home with his family.

During his time with the LDS Church, Monson served as a counselor in the First Presidency of the Church, was a first counselor to former LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley, as a second counselor to Howard W. Hunter and Ezra Taft Benson, and was sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on Oct. 4, 1964.

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Lighting the Kwanzaa candles in Ogden

December 31, 2017

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

December 29, 2017

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

December 28, 2017

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.