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Springfield will host a special event later this month in honor of the 50th anniversary of the historic “March on Washington,” and the Reverend Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has details.
The August 28th event includes a unity march to Park Central Square, followed by a ceremony focused on social justice. That evening, the iconic speech will be shown on a large canvas on the Square, and participants will leave a time capsule under a monument there. Organizers say that monument memorializes three African-American men who were murdered during a public lynching on the Square in 1906.
Cora Scott is a spokeswoman for the City of Springfield, which is one of the partners organizing the event.
“The City of Springfield got involved from the very beginning, actually. We surveyed organizations to find out if they had anything specific already planned for the anniversary—this is the 50th anniversary of the speech. We found that no one had any specific plans. So about 23 organizations responded to a call to meet and discuss what we could possibly do. And this is what this group of 23 local organizations came up with—a special event on the actual anniversary date. So we’re very much looking forward to it,” Scott said.
The events celebrating King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the historic "March on Washington" will be live streamed at www.springfieldmo.gov.
For KSMU News, I’m Jennifer Davidson.
ANCHOR TAG: Event organizers are looking for volunteers to help out with the event. To volunteer, you can contact Cora Scott at 864-1009. Also, you can click here for a KSMU Sense of Place story focusing on that 1906 lynching in Springfield.