Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Planned for Monday in Springfield

Jan 12, 2018

2017 Martin Luther King Jr. March in Springfield
Credit Scott Harvey

An event Monday, January 15, in Springfield will celebrate the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A march from Mediacom Ice Park, 635 E. Trafficway, to the Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central  East, will start at 9 a.m., followed by a program.  The theme is “We Stand Up for Justice.” 

The NAACP will collect new hats, gloves, scarves and socks for area youth and teens at both locations. 

Cheryl Clay, president of the Springfield chapter of the NAACP, says the event is the kickoff for “Manifesting Freedom, Equity & Justice for All,” a yearlong commemoration of the 50th year memorial of Dr. King’s passing.

The Springfield Symphony will present the Afro-American Symphony by William Grant Still February 17 at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.

Still was the first African-American to have a symphony performed by a major orchestra, and the first to conduct a major orchestra.