Martin Luther King Jr.

Protesters at Harris-Stowe
5:22 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

MLK Day Clash At Harris-Stowe Leads To Conversation

The Rev. Dr. William G. Gillespie Residence Hall and Student Center
Credit Harris-Stowe State University website

After a heated exchange on Martin Luther King Day between protesters supporting “reclaimMLK” and Harris-Stowe State University students, the university and protesters are working to turn confrontation into conversation. On Tuesday student representatives and administrators met with a Ferguson activist to start a dialogue and “hopefully move forward as a community.”

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Ferguson Protest
8:34 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Clashes With Ferguson Protest In St. Louis

A few hundred protesters gathered outside the Old Courthouse in St. Louis.
Credit Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

Celebrations in St. Louis for Martin Luther King Jr. were interspersed with protests on Monday as activists continued their call for social justice in the wake of the police shooting of Michael Brown last August in Ferguson.

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MLK Celebration
4:50 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Marches, Volunteering and Lectures Planned To Honor Martin Luther King

Credit Marion S. Trikosko / Wikimedia Commons

A wide variety of St. Louis events are marking Martin Luther King Day. While many people will participate in marches (one starts at 11 a.m. at the Old Courthouse following a 9:30 a.m. program Jan. 19) and attend discussions, some will spend the day volunteering.

The slain civil rights leader was born on Jan. 15, 1929. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

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Martin Luther King Day
6:51 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

St. Louis Remains A Stronghold For Dr. King's Dream

Marchers celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. on Grand Blvd. outside Powell Hall.
Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

Thousands of St. Louis-area residents celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with ceremonies, music and marches over the three-day weekend.

Christ Church Cathedral in downtown St. Louis hosted readings on Monday of King's writings, sermons and speeches from the same pulpit where he once preached 50 years ago.

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Politics & Issues
10:01 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

St. Louisans Honor King By Informing, Serving Others

Dorothy Dempsey
Credit Provided by Mrs. Dempsey

Dorothy Dempsey turned her thoughts Sunday to Martin Luther King by attending Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis as a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of St. Peter Claver.

The local branch of this Catholic fraternal organization turns out each year to celebrate the life and legacy of the civil rights leader who was born on Jan. 15, 1929, and assassinated on April 4, 1968, when he was 39.

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The Black Rep
9:20 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

St. Louis’ Black Rep Stages Conversation Between MLK, Jr. and Malcolm X

The meeting between the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X never took place.
Credit Courtesy of the Black Rep

The actual meeting never happened. But “The Meeting,” opening Wednesday, dramatizes the “what ifs” of a one-hour conversation between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X.

The Black Rep will stage its presentation of “The Meeting” through Jan. 26 in its 37th-season home at Harris-Stowe State University.

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MLK anniversary
5:25 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Ceremony At Mo. Capitol Marks 50th Anniversary of MLK's 'I Have A Dream' Speech

A ceremony on the South Lawn of the Mo. Capitol on Aug. 28, 2013, commemorates the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

An estimated 200 people braved the heat and humidity to gather outside the Missouri Capitol and commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered during the March on Washington on August 28th, 1963.

Several speakers took turns reading portions of King's famous speech, including the Reverend James Howard Jr. of Jefferson City.

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed, 'we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,'" Howard said as he quoted King.

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Arts & Culture
11:48 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream Speech Commemorated In Kiener Plaza

Byron Blackmon of Arkansas reenacts Martin Luther King Jr.'s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

A small crowd gathered at Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis on Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s “I Have a Dream” speech.

The event was put together by the recently founded St. Louis Reconciliation Network, which has the mission of bridging racial divides through the collaboration of religious leaders.  

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Cityscape
6:52 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Remembering Bayard Rustin, An Unsung Civil Rights Activist

Bayard Rustin

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  In remembering that historic event, the first name that comes to mind to most people is Reverend Martin Luther King and his I Have a Dream Speech.  But few know that the person responsible for a large part of the organization of that march and also for motivating King to his non violent method of activism was another civil rights activist, Bayard Rustin.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:32 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Honoring The Legacy Of Martin Luther King Jr., One Street At A Time

Proposed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Park illustration at sunset, to be placed at the corner of Hamilton Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard
Lauer Architecture

A few years ago, St. Louis non-profit organization Beloved Streets of America conducted a study about streets throughout the country which bear the name of Martin Luther King Jr.

The study found the majority of MLK streets are unsafe and crime-ridden.  Many are “located in distressed neighborhoods, considered areas where predominately poor blacks live, and viewed as places where whites and non-blacks seldom travel,” according to the organization.

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