St. Louis-area MLK Day 2014 events

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – Below is a list of Martin Luther King Jr. Day events. Is there one in your community that we didn't include? Let us know by sending a note to

Campus Beautification at Most Holy Trinity Catholic School – 1435 Mallinckrodt, St. Louis, Mo. – 10 a.m. until complete – Community Healthcorps Members at Grace Health Centers, Inc. are teaming up with volunteers to paint and clean several of the schools rooms. The team has already received a paint donation from Sherwin Williams.

Wentzville MLK Program – Wentzville Holt High School, 600 Campus Drive, Wenztvile, Mo. – Art Holliday is the master of ceremonies for this observance of the civil rights leader.

2014 Rosa Parks award presentation – Graham Chapel – 7 p.m. – Jamala Rogers will receive the 2014 Rosa L. Parks award at the 27th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration sponsored by Washington University. The award is given to a member of the St. Louis community who exhibits the character, conscience and courage of its namesake.

Collinsville MLK commemorative events – Collinsville First United Methodist Church, 207 West Church Street – 6 p.m. – This year's celebration (the fourth annual) is titled "A Call to Serve." It is an ecumenical eservice formally commemorating the MLK Legacy as a local community. A Keynote address will be given to Dr. Robert Green, the superintendent of schools for Collinsville District 10.

Washington University 27th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration – Graham Chapel – 7 p.m. – This year's celebration is dedicated to Nelson Mandela. Speakers include Chancellor Mark Wrighton, Provost Holden Thorp and keynote Dr. Lerone Martin, a postdoctoral research associate. Performers include Black Anthology, the Stereotypes and Orchestrating Diversity.

MLK Day at the Bridge – Centenary United Methodist Church – 3:30 p.m. - In addition to keynote speaker Reverend Starsky D. Wilson, Pastor at St. John's United Church of Christ, the program will include Wilson (Woody) Powell, past Executive Director of Veterans for Peace, musical selections performed by the Normandy High School Chorale, and the winner of the AKA Emerging Young Leaders-MLK, Jr. Essay Contest.

MLK observance at UMSL – Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center – 10 a.m. – Wesley Moore, the author of "The Other Wes Moore," will tell the story of two young men with the same name growing up in the same neighborhood at the same time with two different outcomes. Also appearing will be the Cote Brilliante Presbyterian Church Men's Chorus. Actors will perform a scene from the play "Mountaintop" directed by Jacqueline Thompson and UMSL students Aleshia Patterson and Gustavo Perez Diaz will perform "A Letter to Dr. King."

YMCA MLK breakfast – Monsanto Family YMCA, 5555 Page Boulevard, St. Louis, Mo. – The commemorative breakfast includes the presentation of the Human Dignity Award and the MLK Tribute Award to local leaders who have made a meaningful and lasting impact on the local community.

MLK Downtown March – Downtown St. Louis ­– 9:45 a.m. – As in years past, the event will feature comments from Mayor Francis Slay, Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed as well as other local and state elected officials and civic leaders. Also during the interfaith service, several community leaders will receive special Martin Luther King Jr. awards. The St. Louis event is one of the oldest and second largest King Day celebrations in the country. Organizers consider it to be a day on-not a day off. The local committee was responsible for getting Easton Avenue in the city of St. Louis changed to Dr. Martin Luther King Drive.

Berkeley MLK Event – Berkeley Civic Center, 6120 Madison Avenue, Berkeley, Mo. – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Hundreds of residents will take to the streets to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Rev. Alfred Washington will serve as keynote speaker, and the Gentle Gentlemen of Vision are slated to perform.


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