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Editor’s note: Each Sunday this February, The News-Dispatch will feature a story on the work of African Americans in the community.

MICHIGAN CITY — “I came to the conclusion that there is an existential moment in your life when you must decide to speak for yourself; nobody else can speak for you.”

It’s one of thousands of famous quotes from the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; and its sentiment is the driving force behind Michigan City native Allen Williams’ annual Black History Month exhibit, which is currently on display at the old Mullen Elementary School.

For decades, Williams has curated a collection of newspapers, books, movies, artwork, clothing, tools and other artifacts that…

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