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St. Louis area events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - Marchers braved a bone-chilling cold Monday morning to mark the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

They marched through the streets of downtown St. Louis, from the Old Courthouse to the Washington Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church. An interfaith service then took place at the church.

Organizers say Washington Tabernacle was the first place Dr. King spoke in St. Louis.

The march started a little after 11:30 a.m. this morning. Before the march, there was singing and dancing inside the courthouse, along with an official ceremony marking the holiday.

Merdean Gales, who organized the downtown event and knew Dr. King, stressed the day is about action just as much as it is about reflecting.

“It’s not a day off; it’s a day on. Because poverty, racism and violence are still alive, and that is what Dr. King worked toward stopping, to create a love community,” Gales said.

There are many other events MLK events as well, including a breakfast this morning at the Monsanto family YMCA in north city. About 300 people turned out for that.

People at the events said it’s important to continue to recognize the Dr. King holiday to keep working toward his dream of freedom and equality.