Events Planned To Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On Monday, January 16, the country will pause to honor the legacy of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. All federal, state, county, city offices and services, including the U.S. Post Office will be closed in observance. The holiday honors the birthday of the civil rights leader, which is actually Jan. 15. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year.

Several events in the St. Louis area will honor the day.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service:  to find a place to volunteer, CLICK HERE

Sunday, January 15:

I May Not Get There with You”: A Multimedia MLK Commemoration

Missouri History Museum – Forest Park Time: 7:00pm Cost: Free Focusing on the last five years of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, “I May Not Get There with You” highlights key speeches not often explored through poetry, imagery, and sound.

Monday, January 16:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration
Theme: Keep The Dream Alive – If not Now, When?
Historic Old Courthouse – 4th & Market St – Downtown St. Louis
Time: 10:00 am  Event is free and open to the public

Link: Historic Old Courthouse

At 11 a.m., following the civic ceremony, the March of Celebration will begin in the streets of downtown St. Louis with marchers and motorcades. The march will travel west on Market to Tucker, North on Tucker to Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, west on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive to Page, west on Page to Grand, South on Grand to Powell Symphony Hall.

At 12:30 p.m., an interfaith service will be held at Powell Symphony Hall with local choirs, “King the Man” – Rev. Dr. Roland L. Bobo, and “King the Preacher” – Rev. Earl Nance.

For more information, call Nigel Word at 314-583-0532.

The City Of Berkeley Annual Martin Luther King Celebration: The City of Berkeley host a special King Day celebration, Moving Beyond The Dream From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Berkeley Civic Center located at 6150 Madison Ave. at the Berkeley Civic Center. Event will include musical performances and guest speakers.

WUSTL Celebrates Martin Luther King Day
Washington University- Graham Chapel
Time: 6:30 p.m Event is free and open to the public
Link:  Washington University

Washington University in St. Louis has hosted this event, which honors the legacy of Dr. King and the impact he has made, for over 20 years. The Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration features dramatizations, dance, music, literary work, keynote speakers, testimonies, as well as multi-media presentations.

FOX 2 / News 11’s Kim Hudson will emcee

Let Freedom Ring 2012
Time:  9 a.m to 5 p.m. Venue: Christ Church Cathedral (13th St. between Olive and Locust Downtown)

“Let Freedom Ring 2012,” is the third annual daylong reading of Dr. King’s writings and speeches. You can just listen or you are also invited to read: Just come up to the front, approach the reader and indicate you wish to have a turn.  When you wish to stop, someone else will be ready to take over. Sign up for a half-hour shift ahead of time; there will be someone ready to take over for you, too, when you wish to stop.  MLK Reading Sign-up Form.

“The Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

Lindenwood University – Emerson Black Box Theater

Time: 3:00 pm   Event is free and open to the public.

The program will feature a keynote presentation by Tyrone Flowers, motivational speaker and founder of Higher M-Pact, an organization dedicated to high-risk urban youth.
In addition, the King, Jr. program will also include student performances and musical selections from Lindenwood’s premier vocal group, Voices Only.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration
Wetzville Holt High School – Wentzville, MO  Time: 7:00pm
Event is free and open to the public

The program, “Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day on Not a Day Off,” will feature keynote speaker William Jenkins and a performance by the Rhema Dance Ministry.

“A Historical Perspective:  His Liberty, Passion and Life”
Afroworld – 7276 Natural Bridge
Documentary viewing: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

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