Celebrating Martin Luther King

Stock image: Creative commonsMartin Luther King Jr. Day is a celebration of the man who spent his life advocating for the equal rights of African Americans. Several events are being hosted in the area in honor of this iconic man.


Southeast Missouri State University’s speaker series will host a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration dinner on January 20, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Show Me Center. Public speaker Wes Moore will provide an inspirational speech on his work and everyday experiences in social justice. Visit the webpage to learn more about the event.

The Salvation Army in Cape Girardeau will hold a Memorial Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. as well as their 15th annual Humanitarian Luncheon Benefit at noon. Both meals will take place at 701 Good Hope Street.

Everyone is invited to ‘finish the dream’ with a Dr. Martin Luther King march and celebration with the Jubilee House of Prayer in Sikeston. There will be a march starting at 10 a.m. followed by singing, fellowship, and a speech from special guest speaker will be Gerald Higginbotham. Meetup is at 416 Greer St. in Sikeston.

Those who wish to celebrate MLK Day can also visit the African American Museum of Southern Illinois in Carbondale, Illinois. Located in the University Mall the museum is dedicated to identifying, preserving, and portraying the outstanding achievements of African American Citizens. They are open noon to 6:00 p.m. on Monday.

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