Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a young preacher who dedicated his short life to the ideals of “freedom and justice for all.” He was a gifted orator and a vital figure in American history. On the third Monday of every year, we take time to honor his legacy. This year, the holiday will be observed on January 15th, 2018. We’ve got the scoop on ways you can honor Dr. King with your family on MLK Day this year. Take a look…
How to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on MLK Day
Cleaver Family YMCA Volunteering
Kansas Citians honor Dr. King in a myriad of ways. Many people consider King Holiday to be “A Day On, Not A Day Off. As such, many people set this day aside to participate in community service projects. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, is hosting one such event at the Cleaver Family YMCA, where there will opportunities for service for the entire family. This event offers the chance to do everything from making birthday bags, to making memorial hearts for those in an area hospice.
Southern Christian Leadership Conference
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City also commemorates the holiday with nearly two weeks’ worth events culminating with a mass celebration on January 15th, at the Palestine Missionary Baptist Church at 3619 E 35th St, and awards dinner on January 17th. For more information, check out their website at .
Motocade for Hunger
In Kansas City, Kansas, there will be a Motorcade for Hunger starting at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church at 417 Richmond. The goal is to collect 5000 cans of food. The motorcade will travel to the Reardon Center at where the annual King Day celebration will be held. The celebration will include a 200-voice mass choir, and scholarships will be presented to more than 30 area high school seniors. The keynote speaker will Dr. Calvin Butts III. Dr. Butts is the pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture Series
Later in the month, Dr. Joy Degruy will be speaking as part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture series at the University of Missouri Kansas City. Dr. Degruy is scheduled to speak on January 30th. The cost of the event is $7.00 for community members. Students of the university can attend for free.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an important figure in American History. It is important that we honor his legacy, celebrate his accomplishments, and keep his dream alive.
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