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Missouri Faith Voices to celebrate MLK on 50th anniversary of his death

Missouri Faith Voices to celebrate MLK on 50th anniversary of his death

March 23rd, 2018 by News Tribune in Local News

Missouri Faith Voices' logo is shown draped over a podium Feb. 20, 2018 during a presentation at the State Capitol.

Photo by News Tribune file photo

Missouri Faith Voices will host a commemoration service and march April 4 to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

The 50 Year Commemoration Service is to begin at 3:30 p.m. at Second Baptist Church, 501 Monroe St. in Jefferson City, and will follow the theme, "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community."

The featured speaker will be the Rev. Rodney Williams, president of the Kansas City Chapter of the NAACP. He is president of Missouri Faith Voices and a tri-chairman of the Missouri Poor People's Campaign.

Following the service — in remembrance of King's April 4, 1968, assassination while he stood in solidarity with striking sanitation workers in Memphis — participants will march to the Missouri Supreme Court building, 207 W. High St., for a rally hosted by the Missouri Poor People's Campaign. Participants will be encouraged to commit to voter engagement initiatives and other social justice efforts consistent with King's legacy, according to a Faith Voices news release.

The event will conclude with a moment of silence at 6:01 p.m., marking the time of King's assassination on a motel balcony.

People wishing to attend should RSVP at