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In a time full of ever-increasing inequality and violence, Martin Luther King Jr. served as a living reminder that it is possible to fight for justice while remaining just. The legacy of peace crafted by MLK is equally as relevant and worthy of honor today as it was in the 1960s, and a local organization wants to help us remember why. 

Celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. at Peace Learning Center’s 19th annual MLK Community Festival on Saturday, Jan.14, 2017. This event is hosted at Christian Theological Seminary and has something for everyone to enjoy. Creative types can hone their skills at poetry and art worships, while athletically inclined individuals can try Zumba, yoga or dancing. Music lovers will enjoy African drumming. 

Tim Nation, executive director and cofounder of Peace Learning Center, says this year’s event focuses on the past, present and future of racial justice in America. He added that each year this event grows bigger and better than before. There will be vendors to shop from, organizations sharing volunteer opportunities and free food (monetary donations are welcome).

One of the highlights of this event is the keynote speaker, Dr. Leah Gunning Francis, author of Ferguson and Faith and vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty at Christian Theological Seminary. Francis has interviewed churches and community leaders who are actively working toward social justice. She will share her perspective on struggles for racial equality taking place around the country.

Get a history lesson through music by catching the Freetown Village Singers performance. The a cappella group will sing an interactive collection of traditional folk songs and Negro spirituals while teaching audiences how the songs were used for religious gatherings, work and entertainment. 

Nation hopes this event will serve as a reminder to the local community to stand together in unity. 

“MLK fought for truth and justice, and we as a society have gotten away from the racial reconciliation he was working for. We are all Americans, no matter our backgrounds, and we have to work together to fix the issues in our society. That’s why we think it’s really important to honor his legacy and keep his dream alive,” he said. “I hope the people who come will get a new understanding of King’s message of hope and justice and are inspired to do service in the community. Like Dr. King said, everybody can be great. We can keep his dream alive.”

 

Past, Present & Future: A Journey of Racial Justice

Christian Theological Seminary

1000 W. 42nd St.

Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017

11 a.m.–3 p.m.

This free event is open to all ages.

peacelearningcenter.org



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The shooting of Michael Brown inspired many St. Louis-area clergy to step up and support the young leaders of today’s civil rights movement. Ferguson and Faith explores the intersection of faith and social justice by highlighting the voices of young people fighting for racial equality and the church leaders who have decided to fight alongside them. Author Leah Gunning Francis will be the keynote speaker at Peace Learning Center’s 19th annual MLK Community Festival.

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