Observances are taking place across the country as people celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
News 4 attended one of the largest local events honoring Dr. King as well as well-known civil rights leader Frankie Muse Freeman.
People all of all ages gathered at the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis for the start of the city’s celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy.
Dr. King would’ve turned 89-years-old on Jan. 15.
“I understand King wanted us to come together and I resolve we should. We have to, north and south, black and white, rich or poor, we have to come together,” said an attendant.
St. Louis Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards called on the crowd to follow Dr. King’s lead and work together to bring about change.
U.S. Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill asked everyone to also remember St. Louis civil rights leader, Frankie Muse Freeman who died Friday at the age of 101.
“She was a giant among us, St. Louis legend, we can’t just like we can’t let MLK’s legend die, we can’t let Frankie Muse Freeman’s legacy die,” said McCaskill.
Many in the crowd braved the bitter cold to march through the streets of St. Louis before attending an afternoon Inter-Faith service at Leonard Baptist church.
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