Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
1:27 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

In St. Louis, King Day Speakers Call For A New Dream

Marchers gather outside the Old Courthouse as part of the city's Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Local dignitaries and politicians filled the rotunda of the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis on Monday for the city's 44th annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The city's celebration is the second-oldest in the country, behind only Atlanta. In addition to celebrating the slain civil rights leader, who would have been 83 on January 15th, most speakers also rejoiced in the second inauguration of President Barack Obama, who took the oath of office in Washington, DC  as the proceedings took place.

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Features
8:32 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Does The Legacy Of American Martin Luther King Jr. Mean Anything If You're Not From America?

Martin Luther King Jr., here in 1964, would have been 84 January 16.
Credit Wikimedia Commons/Library of Congress

Americans are well-aware of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. His fight for justice was aimed at changing the world, but during the fifties and sixties sought to resonate most heavily in his home country. Today his legacy has been celebrated tenfold – there are numerous streets and landmarks dedicated in his honor, the government designated his birthday as a national holiday in 1986, and just last year he became the first African American to have a monument designed in his honor on the National Mall.

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Features
5:08 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Christ Church Cathedral Hosts Public Reading Of King's Speeches For Fourth Year

Martin Luther King, Jr. gesturing at freedom rally at Washington Temple Church, 1962. King would have been 84 January 15.
Credit Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

The third Monday in January may be marked as a National Day of Service, but Christ Church Cathedral is remembering the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King with a day of speech and reflection in order to spur change. The Cathedral is giving citizens an opportunity to listen and read a selection of his speeches aloud. “Let Freedom Ring” began four years ago after the very reverend Mike Kinman, dean of Christ Church Cathedral, realized there was no element of reflection evident in the service projects that others were completing.

“What it is, is it gives a foundation of reflection so that we can consider what that work is,” he said. “He never was an activist for activism’s sake. Everything was thoughtful, prayerful, reasoned, considered.” The day is not a discouragement to performing public service, however. “What we are hoping that people will do is embody that in their lives…do your five hours at the soup kitchen, then come here and speak these words, and consider what it was that you were doing, and consider what more it is that you are called to do,” says Kinman.

The program will be held from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the nave of the Cathedral. Participants can choose to read aloud, volunteer to man a 30 minute shift, or simply listen at any time during the day.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:40 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Inequality Persists In African American Community, Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Julianne Malveaux
(Photo Courtesy: University of Missouri - St. Louis)

A leading advocate for equal rights argues infant mortality, access to education, and unemployment remain major issues of inequality in the African American community.

Julianne Malveaux is a labor economist, author and political commentator.  She is also the former President of Bennett College, a historically black college for women in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Host Don Marsh talked with Malveaux in advance of her speech at the University of Missouri – St. Louis to commemorate the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

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Features
4:07 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Events Guide: Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In St. Louis

Martin Luther King, 1964. King would have been 83 on January 15.
Credit Wikimedia Commons/Library of Congress

Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr by attending several events that will be hosted throughout the area. Occasions include lectures, discussions, music performances, and marches.

All events are free unless otherwise stated.

Know of another event worth adding? Send to Erin Williams at ewilliams@stlpublicradio.org

January 12

Women Who Dare To Dream

Harris-Stowe State University hosts the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. State Celebration Commission of Missouri’s State Celebration kickoff event. The Trumpet Awards Foundation’s CEO, executive producer, founder, and president Xernona Clayton will deliver the keynote address.

6:30 p.m. Harris-Stowe State University’s Main Auditorium

*January 14

"Monday Movie Madness"

St. Louis Public Library honors the legacy of Dr. King with their weekly movie series. On this day they are screening the documentary “Good Day To Die,” which tells the story of Native American Dennis Banks, co-founder of the American Indian Movement.  Refreshments and discussion to follow.

6 p.m., Schlafly Branch - 225 North Euclid Avenue

January 17

St. Louis Jewish Book Festival presents a discussion with author and Rabbi Ben Kamin and Black Repertory Company founder Ron Himes on civil rights and social justice. Includes presentation in honor of Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis President & CEO Dr. James Buford for his work in helping to solidify African American and Jewish relations.

$8, 7 p.m. at Jewish Community Center’s Staenberg Family Complex

2 Millstone Campus Drive
Tickets: brownpapertickets.com/event/310382

January 18

"Where Justice & Charity Meet: Fighting Hunger In St. Louis"

A roundtable discussion on fighting hunger in St. Louis, with a keynote address to be given by Jeanne Mott Oxford, executive director of the Missouri Association for Social Welfare.

Norman K Probstein Golf Course, Forest Park

8 a.m. – Noon

$10

Register by emailing hungerstlouis@gmail.com


January 18 and 21

“Overcoming Inequality…Embracing Diversity”

Barnes-Jewish and St Louis Children’s Hospitals present Reverend Michele Sue, the first black woman elder ordained in Missouri United Methodism on January 18; and past president and founding member of the National Black Sisters Conference Sister Mary Antona Ebo, FSM, on January 21.

January 18 at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, third floor auditorium

January 21, Noon at the Eric P. Newman Education Center, 320 South Euclid

Noon, with 11:30 a.m. music prelude at both events

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King Day readings
8:30 am
Mon January 16, 2012

Public invited to read, listen to King's words

Participants in the 2011 "Let Freedom Ring" celebration at Christ Church Cathedral listen to the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
(from Christ Church Cathedral)

For the third year in a row, Christ Church Cathedral in downtown St. Louis will give area residents a chance to read and hear the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The dean of the Episcopal cathedral, The Very Rev. Mike Kinman, says  he appreciates the call from President Obama to make King's birthday a day of service. But he says the readings are designed to provide the reflective counterpart that was also a crucial part of King's life.

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King Day street closures
4:12 pm
Sat January 14, 2012

King Day march will close downtown, midtown streets on Monday

(via Flickr/Be.Futureproof)

If you're planning to be in downtown St. Louis for the Cardinals' Winter Warm-Up or other events on Monday, you'll need to take note of the following road closures for the Martin Luther King Day march.

Closures along the route will begin at 10:30 a.m. Assembly for the parade, which goes from the Old Courthouse to Powell Symphony Hall, begins at 11 a.m. at the Courthouse, and marchers will step off at 11:30 a.m.

The route is as follows:

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MLK Day of Service
5:05 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Martin Luther King Day of Service events to be held Monday

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. leaning on a lectern on March 26, 1964. Monday, Jan. 17 is a national holiday, one that some will be using as an opportunity to serve their communities. (Wikimedia Commons/Marion S. Trikosko)
Marion S. Trikosko Wikimedia Commons

For some, Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day will be a day of service rather than a day off.

More than 400 volunteers are expected to take part in projects organized by AmeriCorps St. Louis and the City of St. Louis.

Brittany Ledbetter with AmeriCorps says they're hoping to foster volunteerism that will help the community long-term.

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Infrastructure
11:30 am
Mon November 29, 2010

Barge collides with MLK Bridge in St. Louis

The Martin Luther King Bridge in downtown St. Louis.
(Flickr creative commons user HAM guy)

If you heard that a barge hit the Martin Luther King bridge, it's true, but don't worry about adjusting your commute to avoid this part of the mighty Mississippi.

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