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List of Martin Luther King Jr. Day events

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Crowd gathers at the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr Statue in Fountain Park Saturday morning ( Credit: KMOV) Crowd gathers at the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr Statue in Fountain Park Saturday morning ( Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Community leaders and residents gathered Saturday morning to honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and discuss the challenges that many St. Louis neighborhoods face.

With Martin Luther King Jr. Day taking place on Monday, several St. Louisans met for an observance to share a message about promoting peace at the civil rights icons’ statue in the Fountain Park neighborhood.

The Rev. Derrick Perkins Sr. of Centennial Christian Church said the state of the community drew the crowd out.

"We're here because our communities are in shambles. As we just heard from our chief, there is an area in St. Louis that is responsible for 50 to 60 percent of the violence in St. Louis.  We're here at a time when our world is forced to make us choose sides. We have liberals on one side, conservatives on the other side," Perkins said.

After the service, the St. Louis Marching Cobras marching band led the crowd in a peace march through the Fountain Park and Lewis Place neighborhoods.

There are several events being held during this weekend to honor the late Martin Luther King Jr.:

SUNDAY

  • St. Augustine of Hippo Catholic Church, located at 408 Rev. Joseph A. Brown Road, is holding a prayer breakfast at 9:30 a.m in East, St. Louis. 
  • Compton Hill M.B.Church will host an MLK Memorial worship event, Justice: No Hocus-Pocus, Just FocusFocus,  at 11 a.m. The event is located at 3141 LaSalle Street in St. Louis.
  • City Ministry Initiative will host Martin Luther King Day Celebration and Teach -In at 2 p.m. in downtown St. Louis
  • The City of Hazelwood's 16th Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King will begin at 7. p.m. at the Hazelwood Civic Center.
  • New Life in Christ Interdenominational Church will host a community forum celebrating Dr. King and address current race issues in O' Fallon, Illinois.

MONDAY

  • The Monsanto YMCA will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at its annual commemorative breakfast at 7 a.m. The event will be located at 5555 Page Blvd
  • At 10 a.m., University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL), will host a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center. For more information, call 314-516-5695.
  • The city of Berkeley will hold a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Day of Service at Berkeley City Hall,  8425 Airport Road. The event begins at 1 p.m.
  • The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists St. Louis Metro Chapter presents The 40th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Awards Banquet at 5:30 p.m. 

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