Collinsville resident spars with City Hall over working on MLK day

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by Chris Stanford / News 4 | @StanfordKMOV

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Posted on January 20, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 20 at 6:21 PM

(KMOV.com) -- Employees at Collinsville City Hall worked on Martin Luther King Day although the building was closed to the public.   

“I think it’s a total disrespect of Dr. King,” said Collinsville resident Brandon Drake.

Drake said city employees should be at home and that the city is only partially recognizing the holiday.

“People laid their lives on the line for Civil Rights and to actually, basically hide behind closed doors and not really reflect the true meaning of Dr. King’s legacy, I think that’s a disrespect, a slap in the face to diversity in this town,” he said.

Drake says he’s repeatedly tried to persuade city officials to give the staff MLK Day off, but they won’t listen.

“I’m going to keep on going. I’m not going to stop until MLK Day is properly observed,” he said.

Phone calls to Collinsville City administrators were not returned before Monday evening. 

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