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Downtown Buildings To Be Bathed In Blue for MLK Birthday

By Chuck Sudo in News on Jan 13, 2011 6:40PM

Starting tomorrow and running through the 21st, buildings downtown will be bathed in blue light to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King.

The idea for this comes from St. Sabina Rev. Michael Pfleger, who said he wants the Civil rights icon's birthday to be more than "just another holiday off of work or school:"

“Let’s use it for something constructive. Let’s have conversations in our homes, in our schools. . . . Maybe the blue will cause us as a city to say, ‘Let’s talk about peace.’. . . I’m just asking all Chicagoans to . . . be a peacemaker in your home, in your schools, in your blocks and your conversations with one another. Discuss ways this week to teach conflict resolution.”

As for why the city chose blue, Rev. Pfleger said that research from peace organizations indicated that was the color used, "So we went with that."