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Martin Luther King Junior Day Events Planned in Springfield


Monday is Martin Luther King, Junior Day and the Springfield Branch NAACP will host a march and celebration. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Monday is Martin Luther King, Junior Day and the Springfield Branch NAACP will host a march and celebration.

March participants should gather at 9:30 Monday morning in the parking lot of the Jordan Valley Ice Park. The march begins at 10:30 and will follow a route that goes from the Ice Park west on Trafficway to Kimbrough, north on Kimbrough to the Martin Luther King, Junior Bridge, continuing on Benton to Central where the march ends at Central High School.

Reverend Larry Maddox is president of the Springfield Branch NAACP.

The program follows the march and will take place in the Central High School auditorium.

Speakers include three ministers: David Huskisson, Lamar Jamerson, and Larry Maddox.

Maddox says each speaker will address a different topic.

Maddox says it's important to remember and celebrate the work of Martin Luther King Junior. He says the entire community should use the day to reflect on the past and the future.

To encourage young people to reflect on King's legacy, middle school students were invited to enter an essay competition by writing on the topic. During Monday's program, members of the Missouri State Chapter of the NAACP will read the winning essays.

Maddox says he hopes people will honor King by continuing the fight for equality.

Again, the Martin Luther King Junior Day celebrations are Monday beginning with a march at 10:30. The march ends at Central High School where there will be a formal program.