ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – From 9am to 5pm on Martin Luther King Day, King’s sermons, speeches and writings were read aloud at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown St. Louis.
The goal of this day-long community reading, called “Let Freedom Ring,” is to reflect on King’s words and understand the meaning and relevance they have today.
Christ Church Cathedral Dean Mike Kinman hopes that those who attended will take King’s words to heart, and realize they, too, can be agents of change and deal with issues like race.
Throughout the day, volunteers read in half-hour shifts, but the community reading was open to anyone.
Kinman adds, “Another thing about Christ Church Cathedral is we are one of four places where Martin Luther King spoke in St. Louis. Fifty years ago this March, he preached from the very pulpit where the readings are happening from today.”
This is the fifth year that Christ Church Cathedral has held this community reading on Martin Luther King Day. They plan to continue and expand on this tradition for years to come.